BAR HARBOR — Nearly 500 bags of trash, plus scores of pieces of larger debris, were collected from area roadsides on Saturday, April 28, during the annual Friends of Acadia
Earth Day Roadside Cleanup.
Some 272 area residents of all ages volunteered to scour ditches and embankments to pick up trash ranging from discarded beverage bottles and car parts to broken furniture. Crews fanned out along more than 80 miles of highway including sections of routes 3 and 198 on Mount Desert Island, as well as roads in Trenton. Crews from the Maine Department of Transportation collected the bags and items on Monday.
“This event is successful because of the dedication of the volunteers and the ongoing support of our local businesses and generous community members,” said FOA Conservation Projects Manager Paige Steele. “With just a small amount of individual effort, together we can reduce the amount of trash in our communities
and help protect our shared lands and waters.”
Community groups that participated this year included Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bar Harbor Congregational Church, Bar Harbor Rotary, Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, Brownie Troop #256, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Camp Beech Cliff, Gamma Sigma Sigma from the University of Maine, Girl Scout Troop 760, Hadley’s Point Campground, Knowles Company, MDI National Honor Society, Town of Trenton, and the United States Coast Guard.
Friends of Acadia appreciates the generous support of the cleanup’s 2018 sponsors including: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, The Bluenose Inn, Burdick & Associates Landscape Design, Dawnland, Evergreen Home and Hearth, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, The First, Gallery at Somes Sound, Galyn’s, John Williams Boat Company, Knowles Company, Lynam Agencies, Machias Savings Bank, MDI Hospital, Pedego Acadia, VHB, and Window Panes
For more information visit friendsofacadia.org.
Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.