—photos by Erik Trautman/Hearst Connecticut Media
About 100 people turned out to pick up garbage from town roads and the banks of the Norwalk River on Saturday, May 4. They collected 1,120 pounds of debris.

Individuals, families, organizations, and businesses were invited to participate in the event sponsored by the town Environmental Department. Joining in to help were 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 gift certificates provided by Wilton Hardware and Wilton Kiwanis. Fourteen volunteers won prizes that included gift cards to Orem’s Diner, Bow Tie Cinemas, Wilton Deli, Scoops, and Wilton Hardware. Pinocchio Pizza supported the event by offering free pizza for the participants.

In thanking those who participated, the Conservation Commission issued a press release, saying, "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."