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Earth Day Volunteer Cleanup

Date: April 22, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: 204 Main Street, Pierce House

“Restore our Earth” is the international theme for the 51st anniversary of Earth Day and Farmington’s 8th Annual Volunteer Cleanup.

The Farmington cleanup is scheduled for Thursday April 22nd. Volunteers are asked to wear masks and apply social distancing when they pick up bags and gloves, which will be handed out from 1PM to 3PM at the Pierce House on 204 Main Street right next to the Post Office. All volunteers are welcome. Show up anytime between 1PM and 3PM and you can be assigned an area to pick up or you choose your own.

Farmington’s enthusiastic volunteers of all ages have gone out each year and cleaned up roadsides, parks and trail ways, picking up litter and “spring cleaning” the town. Groups from local businesses, schools and churches, families and other organizations have made the annual cleanup meaningful, productive and fun. It’s been particularly great to see kids come back bright and proud of their Earth Day efforts and contribution.

A few cautions should be observed this year so everyone stays safe: COVID restrictions apply fully. Bright colors should be worn by anyone near roadways. Phil Hutchins, Public Works Director, has also cautioned that volunteers should not pick up anything suspicious or possibly drug-related. Anyone who finds something like this should contact the event coordinator at the number below and properly trained personnel will remove it safely.

“Plogging” is a fancy word for jogging while picking up litter. “Ploggers” are welcome to participate in teams or as individuals as a fun option for the athletically inclined—a chance to exercise and contribute to the health and beauty of the environment any time you are out.

Because of COVID restrictions and potential schedule conflicts, volunteers are also encouraged to go out any time during the week of April 22nd. Please share what you do and your photos with the volunteer coordinator for a chance to win one of the prizes generously donated by local businesses!

People doing cleanup outside event hours are asked to leave their bags by the roadside and contact the volunteer coordinator who will arrange pick up.

To add some fun to this tough year for many, Earth Day organizers are awarding prizes for winning photos in the following categories:

  • Happiest Cleanup Volunteer Group or Family
  • Oddest Litter Found
  • Most Adventurous Litter Retrieval
  • Silliest Cleanup Outfit
  • Youngest Volunteer
  • Oldest Volunteer

Despite many environmental challenges on global and local levels, the simple actions of picking up litter and caring for plants and soil can be done by anyone, virtually anytime and anyplace, and make a real difference in “Restoring the Earth.”

For questions on Farmington’s Earth Day, please contact Jody Bean Palmer, volunteer coordinator for the annual cleanup, at 778-2200 (no texts, please) or email at jbeanpalmer@yahoo.com. Suggestions and assistance are appreciated!