As Earth Day approaches, blue trash bags available for litter cleanup in Greenfield

David Boles cleans up a vacant lot on Wells Street in Greenfield alongside a handful of volunteers in 2021. As Earth Day approaches in April, Boles is reminding residents that they can pick up blue trash bags to fill with litter for free curbside pickup.

David Boles cleans up a vacant lot on Wells Street in Greenfield alongside a handful of volunteers in 2021. As Earth Day approaches in April, Boles is reminding residents that they can pick up blue trash bags to fill with litter for free curbside pickup. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

By DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer

Published: 03-29-2024 2:45 PM

GREENFIELD — Residents can pick up blue trash bags to fill with litter for free curbside pickup at any time of year. But, says the man who organizes the Franklin County Rivers Cleanup, what better month to remind people about that fact than the one that includes Earth Day?

According to David Boles, people can get these blue bags at the Department of Public Works at 189 Wells St., the John Zon Community Center at 35 Pleasant St. and the Recreation Department offices at 20 Sanderson St. to collect litter around the greater Greenfield area. These bags will be picked up for free without the need for a trash bag sticker. However, only litter that will fit in the blue bag will be picked up and no household items are allowed.

“The end goal here is that people in the greater Greenfield area use these blue bags to collect litter and trash that happens to be in their vicinity,” Boles said, adding that any garbage collected is guaranteed not to make its way into a Connecticut River tributary and pollute drinking water.

In April, blue trash bags can also be obtained at the Garden Cinemas at 361 Main St. The theater will also hold a free showing of “The Lorax,” an animated film with an environmentalist message and based on the 1971 Dr. Seuss book of the same name, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. The showing is sponsored by the Greenfield Police Association.

Boles noted April is a good month for community cleanup because vegetation is not yet overgrown. He also mentioned the roadways leading into Greenfield and the downtown area in particular have significant amounts of trash, “which could use some attention.”

“We don’t want Greenfield to be a trashed city,” he said.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-930-4120.

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