Weekend cleanup will help Keep Rockport Beautiful

By Louis Bettcher | Apr 17, 2018
Courtesy of: Maggie Timmermann Maggie Timmermann, left, and Marci Casas far right, of Keep Rockport Beautiful, are joined by a group of Camden Hills high school students at a recent clean-up.

Rockport — On April 27 and 28, volunteers are invited to participate in the fourth annual Keep Rockport Beautiful spring cleanup, which seeks to pick up debris from some 25 roads and a number of parks throughout the town.

"This year's cleanup is multi-pronged: over the past two weeks the Maine Department of Transportation cleaned Route 1, and a crew from Bolduc Correctional Facility cleaned Route 17 and part of Route 90," said event organizer Maggie Timmermann on April 15.

Volunteers participating on Friday and Saturday will be assigned roads and supplied with all necessary tools such as safety vests, disposable gloves, bags and picking devices, to help remove waste from the roads.

A number of local businesses have offered their support to the cause, and will be sending employees out to help in the roadside clean-up. Some of these include Camden National Bank, the Samoset Resort, Rockport Steel and the Rockport Town Office.

Organizations also participating include the Rockport Garden Club, Girl Scouts, Camden Hills Regional High School and CHRHS clubs such as Windplanners, Interact Club and the Environmental Clean Up Club.

New this year will be a friendly contest called "Bag the Butts!" where volunteers are urged to collect as many cigarette butts as possible. To encourage the clean-up of these pervasive, often overlooked bits of litter, the Rockport business The Study Hall has teamed-up with Keep Rockport Beautiful to offer cash prizes for most butts collected. Three prizes will be given: $250 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third.

"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 trash pieces," said Timmermann.

Keep Rockport Beautiful's spring cleanup is followed by a fall cleanup each year. Last year's efforts, including help from the crew from Bolduc, resulted in approximately 4,000 pounds of trash being removed from Rockport streets, and some 100 volunteers participated in the events.

To sign up for the Keep Rockport Beautiful spring cleanup, volunteers can contact Maggie Timmermann by calling 230-4563 or via crcmec@roadrunner.com. Individuals can also register online on the "Keep Rockport Beautiful Spring 2018 Road Clean Up" Facebook page.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Steven D Bryant | Apr 21, 2018 09:58

So nice to read about some goodness in our community. Rockport has always had the distinction of a "Beautiful Town". Thank you to all who help keep it that way.

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