Participants choose the where and when. Some work alone and others organize group events. Cleanup locations included public areas such as streets, parks, school grounds, and waterways. After the cleanup, the City will pick up the accumulated litter if called.
Adults working alone typically pick up litter along the streets in their neighborhood, while Scouting groups focus on parks and school grounds so that children are not exposed to traffic. Businesses have tackled some of Shelton's more difficult stretches of roadway, including portions of Isinglass and Booth Hill Roads. Businesses now also have the option of adopting a street for year round cleanup in exchange for a street sign with their name on it.
Some of the reasons Sheltonites have given for why they pick up litter have included:
- "Because I live here."
- "I want my kids to grow up seeing clean streets and parks."
- "I want to keep property values up."
- "A clean street and parking lot helps my business image."
- "I have company coming over and want the street to look nice."
- "I want to prevent litter from getting washed into the river."
|Free patches are available
Clean Sweep has proved to be quite successful during its first five years, with an estimated 500 people participating throughout Shelton each year, not including the related Housatonic River Cleanup. This year the River Cleanup, which is organized by a group of boaters, will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Sunnyside Boat Launch.
Clean Sweep participants are eligible for free custom patches and certificates from the Mayor, which are awarded at a special recognition event held in June, complete with refreshments and door prizes. This year the event will be held on June 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall auditorium. The event is especially popular with Scouting groups.
For more information, visit DontTrashShelton.org or call the Conservation Agent at 203-924-1555 x315.