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On April 7, Wayland Cleans Up!

Written by Kaat Vander Straeten March 2, 2018

Kaat Vander Straeten

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Wayland Cleans Up! Volunteers Needed for Roadside Trash Pick Up Event

Join the movement to clean up roadside trash in Wayland at the annual Clean Up event.

On Saturday, April 7, stop by one of two stations, either the Cochituate Ball Field (40 West Plain Street) or at the Department of Public Works (66 River Road), between 10 AM and 2 PM.

Volunteers from Transition Wayland, MassEnergize, the Wayland Democrats and the Wayland Green Team will be handing out free trash bags, clear recycling bags, and gloves. You can pick up anywhere you wish, or ask the volunteers for directions to the places in our town that most need trash pick up.

Please sort recyclables into clear bags and trash (including wet paper) into black bags.. If you cannot move large items, such as large pieces of metal or wood, rubber tires, appliances, or if something looks hazardous (when in doubt, don’t touch), email us with the location and we will find someone to pick it up.

Drop off bagged “collections” at the Wayland Transfer Station (484 Boston Post Road) before 3:30 PM. The transfer station will let you enter without a sticker and you will not require the orange PAYT bags for the trash.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome! Previous Clean Ups have seen three-year-olds and ninety-year-olds equally enthusiastic to do their part. Wear bright colors for safety and visibility and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and hats. Take selfies and share them on social media, and email them to us with your thoughts for a follow-up article in the Crier.

The organizers are also still seeking volunteers to help at stations, and for people with trucks to help with larger pickups.

The Clean Up happens early in April on purpose: bugs and poison ivy have not yet taken over, but the weather could be bad. The rain date will be Saturday, April 14.If in doubt, check, or subscribe to MassEnergize in the top, right!

Our email is [email protected].

The CleanUp is only part of Wayland’s “Spring Greening”. On April 7, at the Wayland Department of Public Works, you will also be able to pick up pre-ordered compost bins and rain barrels. (To pre-order rain barrels, go to, choose MA, then Wayland, pay by credit card. To pre-order compost bins, email [email protected].) Please note that both compost bins and rain barrels must be ordered before March 31.

There’s more! There will be a Compost Class at the Wayland Free Public Library on March 27. If if you’re not ready to compost yourself, how about City Compost’s door-to-door organic waste pick up and compost delivery program? Many small changes can make a significant difference in our community!

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