Apr 092014

For more than eight years, Groton Grange #7 has led Groton’s spring cleaning with its townwide litter clean up — and this is the weekend for 2014. Each year, teams of volunteers, families, students, and hikers fan out from dumpsters on Station Avenue at the Rail Trail and pick up litter and trash from roads, trails, and parks throughout the town.

“Last year we increased our tonnage from about one ton to two and a half tons,” Sally Smith, Grange spokeswoman, wrote in an email. “We always have two dumpsters, one donated by the town for large items found on the roadside such as old bikes, tires, metal scrap, washing machines, mattresses — that kind of stuff.”

“The other dumpster, from Roy MacGregor (Rubbish Removal), that one is for all the other roadside trash that can fit in the trash bags we hand out. Just basic litter. Every year Roy generously partially donates the dumpster and quite a bit toward the cost of getting rid of the dumpster. (Just an aside, his mother was a Grange member since 1938, or something crazy like that, she held an Officer’s post right up until her passing — remarkable!) The rest of the disposal fee is covered by Groton Grange. We are happy to accept donations toward that disposal fee. Last year we had about 100 participants. That is up from about 20-25 the first year,” she wrote.

Volunteers are invited to check in at the Grange’s tent on Saturday April 12, from 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. and Sunday April 13, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Groton Electric Light Department garage on Station Avenue. Organizers will provide trash bags, gloves and instructions on which Groton country lanes and roads can use some TLC. Full bags are dropped off back at the Station Avenue headquarters. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, call 978-448-3715 or 978-448-3418.