Half-Ton of Litter Collected During Town-Wide Clean Up Day

Town residents pitched in to help clean-up Wilton at the town-wide cleanup day.

The Wilton Conservation Commission held another successful Town-Wide Clean Up Day this past Saturday, May 4, with approximately 100 hard working volunteers who collaborated to collect 1,120 pounds of litter along Wilton’s roads and the banks of the Norwalk River.

This year’s success was made possible with help from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Wilton Kiwanis, the Riverbrook YMCA, Wilton High School, and many dedicated families and neighbors. Volunteers met at the gazebo on Saturday morning where the Conservation Commission handed out garbage bags and work gloves. Volunteers then spread out around town to pick up litter and to help make Wilton a more beautiful place.

To top off the event, the Commission raffled off gift certificates provided by Wilton Hardware and the Wilton Kiwanis. Fourteen lucky volunteers won prizes that included gift cards to Orem’s Diner, Bow Tie Cinemas, Wilton Deli, Scoops, and Wilton Hardware. Pinocchio Pizza again supported the event by offering free pizza for the participants, a welcome treat after a day of work.

Zen Herter, Wilton’s environmental analyst in the Department of Environmental Affairs thanked everyone who volunteered in the effort, but says there’s even more cleanup to do. “The hard work made an incredible impact in cleaning up the town but there is still more work to be done. The Commission is asking residents to take a garbage bag with them on their spring walks and pick up litter in their own neighborhoods. Free garbage bags, litter grabbers and work gloves are still available through the office of the Conservation Commission in the Town Hall Annex.”