The annual townwide cleanup is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.
For the third year, Revise Inc., the Bedford home energy provider, is spearheading the effort, working hand-in-hand with local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Mothers Out Front, local business owners, and town government officials, among others.
Organizers are targeting seven general areas for this year’s cleanup:
- Both sides of Shawsheen River near the Stop & Shop parking area and behind the American Legion and nearby businesses;
- Carlisle Road from North Road to the compost and recycling center (the former landfill);
- The access road and the Concord River boat launch area off Carlisle Road;
- Hartwell Road from Concord Road to the Edge Sports Center;
- The Hartwell Town Forest entrance off Hartwell Road near South Road;
- Davis Road along the boardwalk;
- The parking area and entrance to the Reformatory Branch Trail on the south side of Concord Road near the Bedford Children’s Center.
Volunteers are always welcome, and they can register through http://www.callrevise.com/bedfordcleanup.
The headquarters will be the parking lot in back of John Glenn Middle School, where volunteers will receive bags for trash and recyclable items, gloves, and safety vests. They will also be assigned their cleanup areas.
After completing their assigned areas, volunteers will leave the filled bags that will be picked up by Revise crews at the end of the day. When they return their gloves and vests at the middle school parking lot, participants will receive gift cards from Bedford Farms, Ken’s New York Deli, and other donors.
A representative of Mothers Out Front stressed that it supports the event, particularly because “plastic is a major source of pollution, along our roads and in our waterways. This trash is unpleasant for us to look at, but life threatening for many animals on land and especially at sea. Cleaning up the trash along our roads is one step to making our town and our world a better place for all.”