Cleanup event to celebrate Earth Day in Northampton

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Five College Movers celebrated Earth Day by helping in the cleanup event of Damon Road in Northampton Thursday morning.

Nearly 20 workers and volunteers spent several hours this morning cleaning up a stretch of Damon Road and the Coolidge Bridge Rotary. Patrick MacWilliams told 22News Five College Movers believes in going green all year round, not just on Earth Day.

“We’re always looking for different ways to reduce our footprint,” said MacWilliams. “We buy carbon credits every month to offset the footprint that trucks make. We have box exchange programs that are currently on hold due to covid but we have reusable plastic boxes as well that can be used over 300 times.”

MacWilliams said in total, volunteers on Thursday picked up more 1,200 pounds of trash.

The cleanup work lasted three hours and took place around the entire complex as well as south towards the Calvin Coolidge Bridge Rotary. An area that is unfortunately always strewn with litter and the road construction is exacerbating the problem.

A lot of this trash could make its way east into the Connecticut River which is only about 50 yards away. Five College Movers provided gloves, trash bags, rakes, etc. for the volunteers who showed up, every volunteer received an FCM t-shirt and a $10 gift card to Tandem Bagel.

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