Road Clean-UP – Sign up begins April 1. The annual town wide clean-up will run from 8 am – noon. Residents are encouraged to pick up litter along town roads. Sign-up for a road online (http://www.townofcharlton.net/earthdaycom.htm) or in person at the Charlton Public Library or Charlton Senior Center. Heavy duty trash bags will be available at the Charlton Senior Center beginning April 23rd for those who would like to get a head start on litter collection, or pick them up Saturday April 28th from 8 am – noon. There are no road crews going out to collect bags left on the roadside, so please bring back litter filled bags to the Earth Day dumpster behind Town Hall. Dumpster is donated by Casella Waste systems and is for roadside trash only.This is not an electronic or hazardous waste collection event – only for roadside trash.
Caution: If anyone encounters a syringe on the roadside, do not touch. Contact the Charlton Police (508-248-2250) who will dispose of it as medical waste.
Free lunch & t-shirts for litter collectors! Volunteers who pick up trash are welcome to a light meal in the senior center from 10 – 12 pm, courtesy of Millennium Power Company. The first 100 volunteers on Saturday receive a free t-shirt commemorating this year’s Earth Day, also provided by Millennium and designed by a Charlton Middle School student.
Charlton Earth Fest on the Town Common will run from 11am – 2 pm on the 28th in conjunction with the clean-up event. This year’s celebration is made possible thanks to donations from Cornerstone Bank, Charlton Optical, and Missy’s Doggy Day Spa. Earth Fest includes educational vendors, live music by Grade “A” Fancy and The Grey Whisker Pickers, food vendors Tony Island Hot Dogs and Suzy-Q’s ice cream, and agricultural vendors. The Charlton Police will offer a car seat safety program at the event.
New this year! Upcycling contest, Make something new from something that would be thrown away or recycled and submit it at the Senior Center on April 28th by noon. Four age groups and categories, top prize in each group. Entries will be judged on creativity, functionality, and durability of the product. Age groups and categories follow:
Grades K-1 : Upcycle an item to be used at home in a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom
Grades 2-4: Upcycle an item for school use
Grades 5-8: Upcycle an item for a sport, hobby, or jewelry/accessory
Grades 9-12 : Upcycle an item to be used outside to help animals or plants (possibly in a backyard, in a garden, or in a conservation area, etc)