GLT plans second Earth Day clean up

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Members of Granby Congregational Church cleaned up the road near the GLT’s Dismal Brook Wildlife Preserve at the GLT’s 2022 Roadside Cleanup. Photo by Pete Betsch

On Earth Day Weekend , April 21-23, the Granby Land Trust (GLT) will again take part in the Great Global Cleanup®, a worldwide campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails and parks — reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans.

Here in Granby, we are asking Granby Land Trust members and other residents of this beautiful town to help us clean up our roadsides. Last year, Granby residents picked up more than 1,500 pounds of trash from Granby’s roadsides! We hope to collect even more this year. Head outside with your family, community group, or friends and make a difference! Here’s how:

Step 1: Get your family, friends or community group involved.

Step 2: Choose the street or neighborhood of your liking. Then let us know (email us at where you plan to work, so we can track our reach.

Step 3: Put on some bright clothing, grab some trash bags and rubber gloves and a grabber if you have one, and get out there. Separate the trash from the clean recyclables (dirty recyclables can go in with the trash as they most likely are not recyclable). Take before and after pictures of the area you cleaned. And please be smart and stay safe!

Step 4: Take some more pictures — of you and your crew and the trash you bagged!

Step 5: Bring your bags of trash to our dumpster, which will be located in the back lot at Holcomb Farm April 21-23. Recycling bins will not be provided. We hope you can put any recyclables in your own bins.

Step 6: Send your pics to us so we can inspire others with pictures of people who care! We will share them on social media, on our website, and in our newsletter. If you don’t want any of that to happen, you’ll want to keep those pics to yourself. If you do send in pics, please identify all the participants. And, if you haven’t done so already, please let us know where you worked.

Finally, if you post pics on your own pages, please tag @granbylandtrust and @earthday and use the hashtags #granbylandtrust and #trashtag! Yes, that’s right: #trashtag!

The GLT thanks Paines, Inc., for their support of this event. And we thank all who participate for your support of the Granby Land Trust, for taking care of our planet, and for keeping our town beautiful!