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Cleaning up America’s hometown

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The next “Hometown Cleanup Day” is scheduled for Nov. 2. The event is sponsored twice a year by the town of Plymouth and the Plymouth Network of Open Space Friends, which recruit volunteers to spend the day picking up litter at parks, beaches, and other public spaces. In the past, Girl and Boy Scout troops, garden clubs, neighborhood associations, high school students, and businesses have all pitched in. “We usually have 20 to 30 registered groups, and each group has anywhere from 5 to 20 people,” said Dorie Stolley, one of the organizers. “It’s been a huge a success.” What is the most common type of litter they find? Plastic water bottles, plastic bags, straws, and fast food wrappers and cups top the list, she said. Stolley said volunteers have also picked up deflated mylar balloons, shopping carts, tires, beach chairs, toys, lobster traps, and fishing lines. The Plymouth DPW provides purple trash bags for the cleanup, and hauls them away afterward. Stolley will lead a group of volunteers from the Plymouth Long Beach parking lot at noon. To sign up, contact Patrick Farah at 508-747-1620, ext. 204, or The rain date is Nov. 3.

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