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This Saturday is Green-Up Day in Weston

Weston Boy Scout Troop 788 supported Green-Up Day a week early because it conflicted with a scheduled campout, by picking up 250 pounds of trash and debris along School Road. —Tom Hoffman photo

Weston Boy Scout Troop 788 supported Green-Up Day a week early because it conflicted with a scheduled campout, by picking up 250 pounds of trash and debris along School Road. —Tom Hoffman photo

More than four decades ago, one Weston activist had a vision of a cleaner, greener Weston. Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of Millie Best, Green-Up Day is still observed on the last Saturday of each April, not only in Weston but statewide.

Before Ms. Best died in 2004, she asked the Kiwanis Club of Weston to be sure to carry on her legacy of environmental stewardship — and it has.

Not only has the club continued to organize the townwide roadside cleanup, it also created the Millie Best Environmental Award to honor a Weston resident or organization that best exemplifies the late Ms. Best’s love and concern for the environment by making outstanding contributions to environmentalism, conservation, and the beautification of the town.

Green-Up Day will be observed this Saturday, April 27. Rain or shine, volunteers from the Kiwanis Club will be handing out trash bags near the carriage barn at Norfield Church starting at 8:15 a.m. to all Westonites who wish to participate in Green-Up Day. Kiwanis can designate an area for residents to clean up, or people may choose to pick up in their own neighborhood.

Millie Best Award

But before taking to the streets, the Kiwanis Club will meet at 8:30 at the Norfield Parish Hall to honor the winner of this year’s Millie Best Environmental Award, the Weston Garden Club. All residents are invited to attend and recognize the Garden Club’s continued commitment to the beautification of Weston.

This is the first year a group rather than an individual has received the award. Past recipients have included Alice Barreca, Bruce Ando, Tom Failla, George Guidera, Robert Turner, Margaret Wirtenberg, Cory Attra, and Claudia Hahn.

Some of the Weston Garden Club’s ongoing projects include maintaining the herb garden at the Weston Historical Society, providing the Weston Public Library with monthly floral arrangements, creating a garden at Hurlbutt Elementary School, providing seasonal plantings and urns around town, and maintaining Gaspar’s Garden at the Weston post office.

Greening Up

Following Saturday’s award presentation, Westonites will have an opportunity to join the Kiwanis Club of Weston and hundreds of volunteers from local organizations as they remove trash from the sides of roadways on Saturday morning.

Teams of volunteers will pick up trash along Weston’s main roads and town-owned property. Collected in large disposable paper bags, the trash will be transported to the transfer station by other volunteers.

Areas covered will include Weston Road, Newtown Turnpike, Georgetown Road, School Road, Lords Highway, and the areas surrounding the Weston schools, Weston Town Hall, the library, the Jarvis property, the onion barn, the food pantry, Keene Park, and Bisceglie-Scribner Park. In addition, residents are encouraged to “green up” their own neighborhoods.

Saturday is also Household Hazardous Waste Day as depicted in this painting by Margaret Wirtenberg.

Saturday is also Household Hazardous Waste Day as depicted in this painting by Margaret Wirtenberg.

Those working in the town’s public areas should bring their cell phones, and when the bags are full, call the number they will be given so other volunteers can pick the bags up and bring them to the transfer station.

Kiwanis is asking people to complete picking up trash by about noon, so that volunteers can take it to the transfer station before it closes.

Hazardous waste

But “greening up” is not just about picking up trash. Not so coincidentally, Weston’s Household Hazardous Waste Day, also known as Good Riddance Day, also is scheduled for this Saturday, April 27.

Westonites may bring their household hazardous waste items to the transfer station at the Department of Public Works garage at 78 Old Hyde Road from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There is no charge for participation in this collection day, but proof of residency will be required.

Many household items contain hazardous substances that pose health and environmental risks. Improper disposal of certain household toxins can contaminate well water, because unlike solids and bacteria, these chemicals cannot be removed by the earth’s natural filtering process.

Since nearly all Weston homes use private wells, protecting the quality of water resources is of concern.

During Good Riddance Day, hazardous waste is sorted by category, properly packed in drums by a licensed hauler, and disposed of properly.

Acceptable

Among the items that will be accepted on Good Riddance Day are acids, aerosols, ammonia cleaners, antifreeze, disinfectants, drain openers, flea powder, furniture polish, gasoline, herbicides, household batteries, household cleaners, insecticides, kerosene, mercury thermometers, mothballs, motor oils, oven cleaner, oil-based paint, paint remover, paint thinner, pesticides, photo chemicals, rust and spot removers, stain removers, swimming pool chemicals, toilet bowl cleaners, transmission fluid, turpentine, and varnishes.

Motor oil and car batteries may be taken to the Weston transfer station and left with the regular attendant.

Unacceptable

Items that will not be accepted during hazardous waste collection are latex paints and smoke detectors, which may be disposed of safely in the trash; pesticides containing dioxin, 2, 4, 5 T and its derivatives; etiologicals; kepone; pentachlorophenol; explosives; gas cylinders; pathologicals; PCBs, radioactive materials; infectious materials; and shock-sensitive materials.

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