The Recorder – Fall Cleanup: Greenfield Residents Encouraged to Participate in September Blue Bag

Posted: 02/09/2022 17:19:51

Modified: 02/09/2022 17:16:13

GREENFIELD – The Deerfield River Watershed Association and the Greenfield Department of Public Works are sponsoring a month-long litter cleanup event that will wrap up Franklin County’s annual river cleanup scheduled for the weekend of September 23.

Blue Bag September is a free opportunity for Greenfield residents to get rid of trash and debris found in their neighborhood.

“If you look at the areas around Greenfield…there is a huge amount of trash accumulating, and we just hope people will take an interest in the areas and their neighborhoods to help clean up the greater Greenfield area,” said David Boles, a Deerfield River Watershed Association Board Member who leads Blue Bag September. “You can go to Canada and all the cities there are clean. What I don’t understand is why our cities are ransacked.

People are invited to pick up free blue trash bags at the DPW at 189 Wells St. and the John Zon Community Center at 35 Pleasant St. any day this month. Bags filled with rubbish can be placed at the curb for free collection by the DPW. However, the bags should not be used for household or building waste. Bulky items that do not fit in the blue bags will not be picked up. The DPW is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the community center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the same days.

Boles said he believes this is the third year that Blue Bag September has taken place.

“Several people thought about it (to come up with the idea),” he said.

He said 600 blue bags had been collected in 2021.

Janine Greaves, recycling coordinator and office manager at Greenfield DPW, said she orders the bags from McMaster-Carr Supply Co. She said Greenfield has been providing blue trash bags year-round for decades to people wanting to help clean up their streets, but it’s a great way to let the community know about the option.

“It’s just kind of snowballed into Blue Bag September, which is wonderful,” she said.

Greaves said the average litter crusader asks for two to three bags.

Boles said he hopes Blue Bag September inspires people to “move Greenfield to a town that respects itself and wants to stay clean.”

More information about the annual Franklin County River Cleanup — formerly known as the Green River Cleanup — scheduled for later this month is available at bit.ly/3TDyKYj.

Contact Domenic Poli at: [email protected] or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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