Rotary sponsors third annual Earth Day clean-up

By Ed Harris
The Rotary Club of Southington is once again hosting its annual town wide clean-up for Earth Day. The event, now it its third year, is slated for Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The Rotary Club has been the sponsor every year so far,” said Rotarian Michael Przygocki, who is coordinating the event. “Last year the Chamber of Commerce Women’s Group, members of the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, the Southington High School football team, and Viridian Energy all brought out multiple groups of people to help pitch in.  And a couple of churches sent out teens to do community service.  This year we’re also expecting the Interact Club from Southington High to be out in force.”
Przygocki said that fellow rotary member Steve Parsons developed the idea of the clean-up effort. It was hoped that if people helped pick up the trash on this day, they may be will to do it year round.
The volunteers fill up quite a few bags of garbage each year. Last year employees from Viridian, owned by Southington resident Matt Noyes, picked up almost 30 bags of garbage from Spring Street alone.
“We find a lot of it is cans, bottles, fast food refuse and that sort of thing,” Przygocki said. “There’s plenty of trash out there.”
The rotary club is also asking residents to clean-up their immediate areas. They can then bring the garbage to be dropped off during the event.
“We’re asking for people to clean-up their area,” said Rotarian Carol Grant. “There’s a whole lot of junk around.”
Trash collection sites are at the Southington Drive-in and Memorial Park. These two areas will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect the refuse.
Participants can also stop by to collect trash bags, work gloves and safety vests at the sites, courtesy of the Queen Street Home Depot. Waste Material Trucking will pick up the trash at the end of the day.

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