Marlborough plans ‘Clean Sweep’ for Earth Day

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By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor

MARLBOROUGH – City officials are spearheading a COVID compliant Earth Day celebration this year. 

Dubbed “Project Clean Sweep,” this effort lasting from Saturday, April 17 through Sunday, May 2, will encourage residents and businesses to participate in small groups, collecting debris along roadways and in Marlborough’s parks. 

“We encourage everyone to pitch in this year,” Mayor Arthur Vigeant said in a recent press release. 

Clean Sweep is an annual initiative that is now taking on a new role as COVID-19 disrupts other springtime traditions.

Indeed, the work continued even through the hard lockdown the region saw last spring. That turnout continued a general trend, according to Vigeant, of collecting between four and five tons of trash on an annual basis.

“These clean ups help the environment and make our city look great,” he said.

Interested residents can call the Department of Public works to arrange pickup of bags, gloves and a tee shirt anytime Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

In calls to the DPW, staff will help volunteers select and designate a specific cleanup area within Marlborough. 

From there, Clean Sweep participants can leave full trash bags curbside for pickup through May 10.