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Volunteers Sought for Town-wide Cleanup

Cleanups will be held in April.

Many Oxford neighborhoods offer views of pristine homes, well-kept lawns and/or bucolic farmland.

But for every eye-pleasing scene, there are other eyesores that mar the landscape. Cigarette butts. Soda cans. Fast food wrappers. This type of pollution, and other debris, is frequently found on the sides of roads, particularly on well-traveled streets like Route 67 or Route 188.

Every year, Oxford residents band together to clean up the mess, and this year is no different. The town is once again seeking volunteers to organize cleanup drives all over town throughout the month of April, which Oxford dubs as town-wide cleanup month.

“This is a perfect opportunity for individuals, groups, businesses, neighbors and families to get outdoors, help protect our flora and fauna, and make Oxford a beautiful place to live,” says the town’s website, which has information about how people can get involved.

A flyer the town puts out about town-wide cleanup month events, which are organized by the Oxford Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands Agency, says that April is a great time to clean up because there is little ground cover and it coincides with Earth Day on April 22. Cleanup drives can be organized any time in April.

The town offers prizes to people who fill out the attached pledge form and return it to by May 2. (See the form for more information. Click on it to make it bigger, click on fullscreen for a larger view and print if you'd like.)

To discuss the cleanup, call Tom: 203-888-7888 or Denise: 203-888-2543, ext. 3065, or email inlandwetlands@oxford-ct.gov.

Craig Zac March 21, 2012 at 04:05 PM
man, my wife cleaned uf the front of our property a couple weekends ago, it took a few hrs and she filled one of those HUGE contractor garbage bags so full, I could hardly lift it and I had to triple bag it cause it was ripping. Surprisingly, who ever the litter bugs are who have been useing my street for their personal garbage dump sure likes Beer (in bottles) Dunkin donuts coffee and fast food.. there was even a wine bottle or two. theres still some other junk farther into the woods..(thanks for whoever threw that stuff there!) that we need to haul away...
CMG March 21, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I don't get people....i use the floor of my truck as my garbage can until I get home and then put it in the garbage...is it that hard? Do people not feel bad tossing stuff out the windows? I don't know what is wrong with people these days. They just don't care about anyone but themselves. It's like the people who take their dogs for a walk so they can poop on other people's lawns so they don't have to clean it up in their own yard....so sad what people have become
David Yish March 21, 2012 at 08:22 PM
We did this last year with our children and it really opened their eyes....and ours too! I have to agree with Craig. Moose Hill has a fan of "single shot" Wild Turkey. The amount of discarded liquor bottles, beer cans, and fast food that we found from our home to the end of Moose Hill was incredible but it is clear that it needs attention again now. I think we pulled a few tires and a cabinet from the wetlands too! I encourage everyone to join in wherever. It will definitely make a difference.
Susan March 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Oxford Conservation Commission Inland Wetlands Agency encourages all citizens, businesses, organizations, schools, clubs, neighborhoods, churches and families to participate in Oxford's Town Wide Cleanup. Pledge forms will be distributed throughout the school district and are also available at the OCCIWA office in Oxford Town Hall and the town library. Additionally, you can print your own pledge form from the town's website: www.Oxford-Ct.gov. You don't need a pledge form to participate, but this is a way for OCCIWA to map which areas in town will be cleaned and which areas need additional attention. It is also a chance for participants to win a prize [donated by KEYAIR]. In order to accommodate participants in Oxford's Town Wide Cleanup, the Oxford Public Works Department will extend their hours on the last two Saturdays of April and remain open until 5 p.m.
xxxoxox March 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I'm in for this. At the blight ordinance hearing, efforts like this by volunteers were suggested as a better alternative to what many felt was a more coercive approach to sprucing up the town. To their credit, the BOS agreed to withdraw the proposed ordinance and this alternative seems more fitting with Oxford's evident ability to pull together to help folks in need.
Peggy Freeman March 22, 2012 at 08:14 AM
Sign me up! I'll be picking up all the mcdonalds, beer cans, etc on Chestnut Tree Hill Rd - what a mess!!!
Kelly Donohue March 22, 2012 at 01:23 PM
My kids (6 & 8) and I have been doing this for at least 3 years on Moose Hill road and every year we fill several bags and try to recycle what we can. We have the same: alcohol, cigarettes and various bottles/cups are in the majority. I always say that I can not believe how many coffee cups, water bottles and other drink containers I find on the side of the road. I think my vehicle has 10+ built in cup holders, like most cars today, I just see no excuse to toss a cup out the window!!
David Yish March 22, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Kelly, We cover Moose Hill from #44 to the Seymour line on both sides of the street. This also includes open space from Rockhouse Hill. I have to admit that the littering is even worse where there are no homes because people feel they can get away with it easier I guess. Where do you go to? Maybe we will bump into each others efforts neighbor!

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