Wiscasset’s first annual Community Roadside Trash Pickup Day will be held Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers will meet at the Wiscasset Municipal Building parking lot at 7:45 a.m., the rolling road block with Wiscasset Fire Department, and the police department.
Volunteers are needed. Grades nine through 12 can come and earn community service hours.
The benefits of picking up trash in the community are:
Keep Wiscasset beautiful: Litter is an eyesore. Studies show that litter can negatively impact one’s sense of community and safety. Pride in one’s community encourages others to do the same.
Protect children: Litter can pose a health and safety risk, especially to curious children who are more likely to pick items up.
Protect wildlife: Litter poses a threat to local wildlife when they confuse it for food or nesting materials. When litter gets into waterways, it eventually ends up in the ocean. Marine litter can be deadly to seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals.
Fitness goals: A great way to kill two birds with one stone — “walking and squatting” – making it easier to achieve fitness goals.
Costs: Litter cleanups cost the U.S. $11.5 billion a year and that figure doesn’t include indirect costs, such as decreased property values, commerce, and tourism. These costs are shared by the government and local businesses.
For more information, contact Cindy Collamore at firstname.lastname@example.org.