News Feature

The Island
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 18, 2019
Repurpose tossed cans, bottles at roadside cleanup

Clean Island Partners (CIP) will host a Roadside Cleanup April 26-28.

Each year, more and more people are joining this community effort to reclaim the beauty of the island from the trash accumulation along the roadsides,” a news release stated.

Most of the items found along the roadsides are trash, but amongst them are returnable cans and bottles that, with some extra effort, can benefit many people. Clean returnable containers separated from collected trash may be placed in marked receptacles at Deer Isle Transfer Station (benefits Deer Isle Community playground); Burnt Cove Market and Little Deer Isle Post Office (Ark Animal Shelter); Deer Isle Masonic Hall and Stonington Transfer Station (student scholarships); Deer Isle Congregational Church (various church programs such as Island Heating Assistance), and the Island Community Center (Island Recreation Center).

Maine State Police and CIP warn everyone to watch for drug paraphernalia: hypodermic needles and clear plastic bottles containing a milky substance, tubes, filters related to the home manufacture of methamphetamine. Do not touch or handle these items. Note location (nearest utility pole number or other landmark) and contact the appropriate town office.

Free plastic bags will be available at the Deer Isle and Stonington town offices, Burnt Cove Market, The Galley, 44 North, and the IHT office. The Deer Isle Town Office will also have free larger and smaller plastic bags. They will also have bright orange DOT safety vests available to borrow, while IHT has bright orange “Please Don’t Litter” T-shirts for sale; either the vests or T-shirts should be worn for safety for those working along the busier roads.

Full trash bags may be left by the roadside to be picked up after 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, by volunteer truck drivers, or may be taken directly to the transfer station of the town you live in.

Note that volunteers will not pick up tires, used appliances, containers of used engine oil, or bags of household trash. Contact appropriate town offices about these items. For safety purposes, wearing plastic or rubber gloves to protect your hands from sharp objects and toxic materials is encouraged.