Town cleanup draws volunteers

About 75 volunteers turned out at the Town Green on Saturday, April 6, to participate in the Townwide Community Cleanup Day sponsored by the Wilton Conservation Commission.

With work gloves and garbage bags supplied by the commission, most of the volunteers fanned out to high-traffic spots where roadside litter was an eyesore.

Groups with children such as Cub Scout Packs 17 ad 22 went after litter around Allen’s Meadow, Cider Mill School and the Wilton High School athletic fields.

The Wilton Kiwanis Club and others cleaned up Belden Hill Road, Danbury Road, Olmstead Hill Road and Ridgefield Road.

Wilton Center received attention from the Republican Town Committee, Wilton High School students, and Wilton Land Trust.

Each load of litter was tossed in a Dumpster provided by the Department of Public Works, which was then taken to the transfer station.

As it has in the past, Pinocchio’s Pizza donated gift certificates for one slice of pizza for each volunteer.

“This was a wonderful treat for all of the volunteers and a great motivator for younger participants,” said Mike Conklin of the office of Environmental Affairs. “At the end of the day a substantial amount of litter was collected from Wilton’s roadways, parks and along the banks of the Norwalk River,” he added. “The Commission would like to thank all of the participants for making this event a success.”