Charlton Earth Day 2018 and Earth Fest

CHARLTON – Charlton will celebrate EARTH DAY and EARTH FEST on Saturday, April 28th. Cleanup is from 8am to noon and Earth Fest is from 11am-2pm.

Road Clean-Up
The annual town wide clean-up will run from 8am – noon. Residents are encouraged to pick up litter along town roads. Sign-up for a road using the Road Registration Form or in person at the Charlton Public Library or Charlton Senior Center. Heavy duty trash bags will be available at the Charlton Senior Center beginning April 23rd for those who would like to get a head start on litter collection, or pick them up Saturday, April 28th from 8am – noon. There are no road crews going out to collect bags left on the roadside, so please bring back litter filled bags to the Earth Day dumpster behind Town Hall. Dumpster is donated by Casella Waste systems and is for roadside trash only. This is not an electronic or hazardous waste collection event – only for roadside trash.

Caution: If anyone encounters a syringe on the roadside, do not touch. Contact the Charlton Police (508-248-2250) who will dispose of it as medical waste.

Free lunch & t-shirts for litter collectors! Volunteers who pick up trash are welcome to a light meal in the senior center from 10am – 12pm, courtesy of Millennium Power Company. The first 100 volunteers on Saturday will eceive a free t-shirt commemorating this year’s Earth Day, also provided by Millennium and designed by a Charlton Middle School student.

Earth Fest
Charlton Earth Fest on the Town Common will run from 11am – 2pm on the 28th in conjunction with the clean-up event. This year’s celebration is made possible thanks to donations from Cornerstone Bank, Charlton Optical, and Missy’s Doggy Day Spa. Earth Fest includes educational vendors, live music by Grade “A” Fancy and The Grey Whisker Pickers, food vendors Tony Island Hot Dogs and Suzy-Q’s ice cream, and agricultural vendors. The Charlton Police will offer a car seat safety program at the event.

Enter the NEW contest for Charlton Earth Fest! The “UPCYCLED” Project Challenge Your project will be displayed on the town common at Earth Fest Saturday, April 28th. Upcycling: also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

Category Guidelines:
• Grades K-1 – Upcycle something to be used at home in a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom
• Grades 2-4: Upcycle something for school use
• Grades 5-8: Upcycle something for a sport, hobby, or jewelry/accessory
• Grades 9-12 : Upcycle something to be used outside to help plants or animals (for example, in a backyard, garden, or in a conservation area)

INCLUDE your full name, grade, and phone number on your project!

*Bring your projects on Saturday, April 28th to Charlton Earth Day at the Senior Center from 9am and 11am OR to Charlton Earth Fest on the Town Common between 11am and 2pm. Projects will be on display during the event.

*Entries will be judged on creativity, functionality and durability. Prizes will be given in each category.

Visit http://www.townofcharlton.net/earthdaycom.htm to sign up a road for clean up and to view which roads have already been signed up.

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