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Community Cleanups for Earth Day

Fri, 04/21/2023 - 09:59

Simultaneously on Saturday, across the South Fork, several organizations are holding Earth Day cleanup events and are seeking volunteers to pitch in.

The Town of East Hampton's litter action committee has announced No-Fling Spring, a monthlong project to involve residents in cleaning up litter at various locations throughout the town. The project will launch on Saturday with a cleanup of Springs-Fireplace Road. Volunteers have been invited to meet at Ashawagh Hall in Springs at 9 a.m. Trash bags will be provided, and yellow vests and pickup poles will be available. Gloves have been recommended.

The Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt join in Earth Day fun with the Great East End Clean Up at 9 a.m. Saturday. The meeting place is 1061 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, at the entrance to the Nature Center in Bridgehampton. Bags and a Dumpster will be provided, but participants are asked to take their own gloves.

A Montauk Earth Day event is planned for Saturday at noon at Navy Road Beach, where one of five new beach cleanup stations in Montauk has been installed. The new stations will help pave the way for trash pickup by beachgoers, who will be able to take a basket, pick up debris, empty it, and return the basket. The stations are sponsored by the Town of East Hampton, Relic Sustainability, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, the Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter, Hampton Lifeguard Association, Daunt's Albatross, and Homeport.  Stations are also located at Ditch Plain beaches and at Kirk Park at South Eton Street and South Edison.

C.C.O.M.'s Annual Great Montauk Cleanup will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, beginning at the group's office at 5 South Elmwood Avenue. Participants can pick up gloves, hand sanitizer, and a reusable sack, then head out to gather litter and trash on roadsides, beaches, or anywhere they choose. The Montauk Brewing Company will offer a free drink to anyone 21 and over who participates. There will be a Dumpster donated by Mickey's Carting in C.C.O.M.'s parking lot for all the debris. Registration is not required.


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