April 27 and 28, all invited to participate
Keep Rockport Beautiful Spring 2018 Road Clean-Up
Marci Casas and Maggie Timmerman are the organizers of the Keep Rockport Beautiful semi-annual roadside clean-up. All citizens are invited to help April 27 and 28. (Photo courtesy Keep Rockport Beautiful)
ROCKPORT — The streets of Rockport are due for their semi-annual clean-up Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, as the fourth annual Spring scrubbing of the roadsides begins (there is one in the fall, as well). And new this year is a competition for collecting the most cigarette butts, with cash prize.
Over the last four weeks, Maine Department of Transportation crews cleaned Route 1, while crews from the Bolduc Correctional Facility, in Warren cleaned the other two arterial highways running through Rockport – routes 17 and 90.
Now it is time for the citizens to get to work on the 25 town roads, as well as the parks belonging to Rockport.
All of these roads have trash tossed into the ditches; in 2017, the combined spring and fall clean-ups collected 4,000 pounds of trash, and that was through the help of approximately 100 volunteers.
To sign up, call Maggie Timmermann, 230-4563, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register on facebook
Organizers are assigning roads and providing all the supplies needed, including safety vests, disposable gloves, pickers and bags.
The following businesses are participating, and most of them have participated many times:
Adventure Advertising, Bank of America, Bayview Concierge, Camden National Bank, Farley & Son Landscaping, Graffam Brothers, Penbay Medical Center, Rockport Steel, Rockport Landscaping, Rockport Town Office, Samoset, and The Study Hall.
The Rockport Garden Club, Girl Scouts, and Camden Hills Regional High School organizations, Interact Club, Windplanners, and Environmental Clean Up Club.
The friendly Bag the Butts! competition will end when those with the most cigarette butts gets their bags count.
Cigarette butts are the most frequently littered item, organizers said.
“According to research done by Keep America Beautiful, tobacco products make up 38 percent of all U.S. roadway litter. Butts often don't get picked up during the clean up events as they are often overlooked for larger pieces of trash.”
o encourage collection and to help the Rockport Conservation Commission gather data, The Study Hall has teamed up to sponsor the contest. The individual or team who picks up the most cigarette butts will win a cash prize: First place is $250, second $100, and third is $50. The only requirements are that one signs up to clean a Rockport road, gather the butts from that road during the two-day event, and use the provided bag for collection.