Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Working on a "Top Ten" List


Which areas in Shelton need the most attention when it comes to litter? We're looking for those spots with chronic issues that aren't getting addressed, places where the litter never seems to get cleaned up. Once we have our Top Ten list, we'll focus on each spot and see what we can do to help get that area cleaned up. Send your thoughts to conservation@cityofshelton.org. 

So far, here are suggestions we've received from Facebook:

  • Bridgeport Ave (Commerce Drive to Center Street)
  • Walmart bus stops
  • Route 8 exit ramps
  • Canal behind Girls & Boys Club
  • Indian Well Road (rt 110 to Birchbank Road), and the area around the falls
  • River Road
  • Leavenworth Road
  • Constitution Blvd South
  • Armstrong Road
  • Daybreak Lane
  • Parking area at TJ Max
  • Old Shelton Road
  • Shelton Ave
  • Nells Rock Road

Friday, January 21, 2022

Gearing up for 2022

The 15th annual Shelton Clean Sweep will be held April 16-24, 2022 (the week of Earth Day).  As always, bags and gloves will be supplied. Each  year we offer a free iron-on patch to participants, which features a red fox for 2022. The patches are especially popular with Scouting groups. The DontTrashShelton.org website will be updated soon with more information, but you can register a cleanup now using this form

Shelton's Clean Sweep program was effectively sidelined for the last two years due to the pandemic, but things are gearing back up for 2022. Although we did run Clean Sweep both years, participation was very low. Connecticut was shut down in April of 2020, cancelling all the scheduled clean-ups, and in early 2021 many Scouting groups were still hesitant to commit to events. Bad weather cancelled the few that were scheduled. We're hoping that 2022 the year Shelton Clean Sweep gets back in gear.

New members needed! The Anti-Litter Committee has not met since early 2020 and during that time lost a few members. We bid farewell to long-time member Ron Pilkowicz, who moved away, and Sheri Dutkanicz, who has work scheduling conflicts. They will be missed. Monthly meetings are expected to resume after the Omicron surge abates, but the Committee is in need of new members. Active members now include Gil Pastore (Chair), David Edgeworth, Joe Welsh, and Teresa Gallagher. If you would like to join the Litter Committee, please send an email to conservation@cityofshelton.org.  Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in City Hall. 

Join a public cleanup: During the pandemic, a new Facebook Group formed called Shelton Clean Up Project. The group has organized a number of clean-up events open to the general public. The group is not affiliated with the City of Shelton, although we do support their efforts by supplying bags and gloves as needed and hauling away the accumulated trash. The same is true of Housatonic River Clean Up, an event held each spring in Milford, Stratford, Orange, and Shelton.