23rd annual Source to Sea Cleanup seeks volunteers

  • Volunteers Surya Putra, of Indonesia, from left, Mason Nguyen, of Vietnam, and Gading Aurizki, of Indonesia, clean up trash on Pine Meadow Road in Northfield during the 21st annual Source to Sea Cleanup in 2017. STAFF File Photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Trash picked up along the Green River by Greenfield Middle School students during 2017’s Source to Sea Cleanup. Staff File Photo/Andy Castillo

  • Greenfield Middle School fifth-graders pick up trash on Eunice Williams Drive in Greenfield during 2017’s Source to Sea Cleanup. Staff File Photo/Andy Castillo

Staff Report
Published: 9/6/2019 6:37:47 PM
Modified: 9/6/2019 6:37:34 PM

MONTAGUE — FirstLight Power is joining with the Green River Team and the Connecticut River Conservancy to recruit volunteers for the 23rd annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Sept. 28.

The morning-long cleanup of trash and debris along local rivers and tributaries will be followed by a three-hour party with live music.

Every year, more than 2,800 volunteers fan out over 174 miles from the Canadian border to the Long Island Sound for the annual Source to Sea Cleanup, spearheaded by the Connecticut River Conservancy. According to a FirstLight press release, more than 46 tons of trash were removed by 187 teams in 2018. The Franklin County teams — which consisted of 400 volunteers working in Greenfield, Colrain, Leyden, Shelburne, Gill, Montague, Erving, Northfield, Leverett, Sunderland and Deerfield — removed 40,600 pounds of trash, 7,800 pounds of scrap metal, and more than 1,000 recyclable plastic bottles.

Volunteers can participate in three ways this year:

■In Greenfield, with the Green River Team, organized by David Boles and the Green River Cleanup Crew. Collecting, hauling and sorting occurs between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To sign up, go to bit.ly/GreenRiverCleanup. The team will meet at 9 a.m. at the Green River Swimming Area, 1 Nash’s Mill Road.

■In greater Gill and Montague, trash pickup teams organized by FirstLight work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and those with pickup trucks gather at the Montague Transfer Station for lunch and hauling chores before working through the afternoon. Sign up by calling FirstLight at 413-659-3714 or emailing northfield@firstlightpower.com. Also meets at 9 a.m. at the Green River Swimming Area.

■If you don’t want to pick up trash, you can still sign up to help at the Home Base at bit.ly/GreenRiverHomeBase. Greenfield disposes of all debris from the Green River cleanup, and Montague opens the gates of its transfer station, where recyclables and special wastes are separated and removed from the solid waste stream. Many area businesses donate their time, equipment and expertise to collect and dispose of more problematic trash.

The party following the cleanup, at the Green River Recreation Area, from noon to 3 p.m. will include:

■Lunch and soft drinks donated by local sponsors

■Samples of Source to Sea Pale Ale brewed and donated by The People’s Pint

■Live music by The Boys of the Landfill

■Awards for Dirtiest Kid and Most Unusual Trash Collected

■Creating art using trash with the Art Garden

■Re-usable bag making with the BagShare Project


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