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225 already signed up for Saturday’s Clean Gloucester Day

“The way the weather’s been, it’s hard for people to commit” to an outdoors cleanup in advance, Gloucester Clean Community coordinator William Bell said, but more than 225 people have already signed up for the fourth annual Clean Gloucester Day to be held from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 8.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Saturday, March 15. The event is held several weeks before the Daffodil Festival (this year on the first weekend in April) so that Gloucester will be more attractive to visitors, Clean Community Committee chairman Ralph “Buzz” Perkins said.

Bell said last winter’s cleanup saw almost 400 volunteers collect approximately 11.5 tons of trash from Gloucester roads and public areas like parks. Besides litter such as plastic bags and scrap paper, Bell said, the volunteers retrieved old tires, scrap metal and appliances. The cleanup effort resulted in 675 bags of trash picked up.

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