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New Hampshire

April 23, 2014

Communities clean up for Earth Day

Students, residents clean up roadside litter

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy senior Andrew Davy said he isn’t surprised anymore by what people throw out their car windows.

“What I don’t get is why they can’t drive to the dump,” the 19-year-old student said. “This is my fifth community service opportunity picking up any pollution.”

He and other students were picking up bottles and cans from a wet area along Corwin Road yesterday afternoon.

As the world celebrated Earth Day yesterday, students from several environmentally minded clubs at the school spent the afternoon picking up trash. The effort came on the heels of several towns running their own spring cleanup efforts.

Danville held its 10th annual roadside cleanup over the weekend.

“What we want is the residents to be able to take pride in the town,” highway administrator Beth Caillouette said.

Residents received blue trash bags to fill with litter and leave on the roadside for highway crews to pick up.

Pinkerton students were doing the same yesterday, but some thought those responsible should be out there, too.

“A lot of the people that are doing this really don’t contribute,” senior Tyler Smith, 18, said. “It would be nice if those that contribute to it stood up. I’m not going to hold my breath, but it would be nice.”

Some students said they enjoyed the opportunity.

“It gets me out of the house instead of being lazy, sitting on the couch,” Davy said.

In Sandown, Girl Scout Troop 10765 is spearheading the cleanup this weekend.

“It used to happen quite regularly around town,” said Sarah Espinal, parent and troop co-leader. “The Girl Scouts decided to bring it back.”

Residents can join by signing up at the library or Town Hall. They will fill the bags this weekend and town crews will pick them up Monday.

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