City’s Earth Day cleanup a feisty and festive event
01:00 AM EDT on Thursday, April 19, 2007
By Cynthia Needham, Journal Staff Writer
That’s what it took to put on the state’s largest Earth Day
cleanup, held Saturday in
“Overall it was a total success. This was our 10th year and it was our biggest Earth Day cleanup yet,” said organizer Steve Insana, president of the Buckeye Brook Coalition.
The volunteers focused in part on cleaning the banks of the brook, but they also fanned out throughout the community, clearing trash and debris from the shoreline, the area around T.F. Green Airport and just about everywhere else residents thought needed a once-over.
Among the participants were a group of several dozen from City Year, Boy Scout troops, off-duty employees of the Warwick Sewer Authority and a team from Save the Bay. Also on hand was a group from the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, which always lends its effort to the annual cleanup, Insana said.
When the Buckeye Brook Earth Day cleanup was born a decade
ago, the idea was to remove litter from the brook itself. But as the years
passed and more people volunteered, the scope of the cleanup expanded. Now
volunteers sweep the shoreline from Pawtuxet south to
“Every year it gets bigger and better. It’s awesome,” said Insana. But watching the event grow has brought its share of stresses as well. It now takes at least six months to plan, and organizing that many volunteers brings its own share of challenges.
Anchored at the Knights of Columbus Hall on
After the event, there was another round of coordination efforts so all that trash — the bags, the tires and the oddball finds such as bedsprings and discarded household appliances — could be disposed of by the city.
“Like I said, it’s awesome, but I don’t know if I want it to get any bigger,” Insana joked.
Is he enjoying some down time now that the work is done?
“I’m already working on next year’s,” he said.