By Julie Huss email@example.com
---- — DERRY — Volunteers will pitch in starting this Saturday to make sure the town is clean and green.
The annual town-wide cleanup effort is set for Oct. 13-20. Residents are asked to get involved and help keep their neighborhoods clean.
The event is spearheaded by Go Green Derry, a group that works under the Conservation Commission to educate people about how to live greener lives.
Go Green’s Judy Follo said last year’s cleanup effort was a big success and she hopes this year will be another good one.
“Last year, over 20 groups participated in the spring cleanup and collected approximately 170 bags of trash,” Follo said.
Follo said the fall event is one of two during the year.
“I think of it as a maintenance effort,” she said. “Just like we vacuum our homes to remove the dirt that gets tracked in, we need to get out and pick up the items that collect in the streets and easements to keep Derry looking beautiful.”
The town is supplying blue trash bags to collect the trash for pickup. They are available at the transfer station anytime.
Follo said Go Green works in tandem with the transfer station helping educate people on recycling and other green efforts.
“We are finding that a lot more people are recognizing the ‘blue bag’ time of year and are interested in forming a neighborhood group to clean up their own roads,” Follo said. “It is wonderful to see such pride in our town and stewardship among all the age groups.”
Groups that want to get involved can email Go Green at go-green-derry.org and let officials know what area they want to clean.
Follo said Go Green will also keep track of how many bags of trash are collected in certain areas to make sure they get picked up by Public Works officials.