TALKIN’ TRASH: Pemaquid Peninsula Litter Cleanups

There’s something strange in the neighborhood. I’ve started noticing pickle jars alongside a few roads on the peninsula. Large, empty, glass, Vlasic pickle jars. It’s anyone’s guess how they got there or what else is lurking along our roadways, but here’s an opportunity to find out.

Spring cleanups are planned for this spring in several towns on the peninsula. If you’ve never picked up litter before, it’s a fascinating and fun way to spend an hour or so. You’ll get to meet and socialize with your fellow townsfolk, find interesting things (perhaps another pickle jar), get outside in the fresh air, and make this peninsula healthier and more beautiful for all of us.

April 1-30 – Damariscotta town-wide litter cleanup. Individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses sign up to pick up litter along a street, trail, or park at any time during the month of April. Stop by the Pemaquid Watershed Association office, 15 Courtyard St (2nd floor above Salt Bay Cafe) to obtain orange trash bags, clear or white bags for returnable bottles and cans, a release form, and guidelines.

April 16 – Bristol’s Elmer Tarr Cleanup hosted by the Bristol Lion’s Club. Meet at 8:00 am at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Bring gloves and sturdy shoes. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am at the Hall for the litter picker uppers.

April 23 – Bremen Patriotic Club’s litter cleanup. Meet at 8:30 am at the Bremen Fire House.

In March Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful’s steering committee, an initiative of Pemaquid Watershed Association, will conduct the third annual Community Appearance Index. The team drives slowly through 8 to 10 pre-set segments of selected roads in each town on the peninsula (Bristol, South Bristol, Damariscotta, Nobleboro, Bremen, and Waldoboro) and rates the amount of litter on a scale of 1 to 4. This year’s results and a trend study will be reported in the LCN.

Many thanks to everyone who is coordinating, participating, and supporting these cleanups. If you can’t make it to a cleanup, you might simply pick up along a portion of the road where you live or encourage a friend or neighbor to help. You can make a difference!
Pemaquid Watershed Association was established in 1966 and is a volunteer-based,
membership-supported non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve the natural
resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education.

By Linda Shaffer
Member of the Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful Steering Committee

PWA’s “Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful” initiative will bolster PWA’s work to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Pemaquid Peninsula by promoting a clean, litter-free environment.

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