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Now is the time to commit to helping us Make Wareham Beautiful on April 23 and 24. Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, organizations etc. to put together your litter team.

Together, you can pick the day and time over the weekend when you want to go out on litter patrol. The trash on our streets, in our parks and playgrounds, on the beaches and in front of our businesses is at peak level and it looks, well, downright trashy!!! That’s not who we want to be!!

Please email us or message us through FB to let us know what area you plan to attack during the cleanup weekend! Or if you are not sure where to clean, we can help you find an area. Let’s all do this together!

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Wareham Students take PRIDE in their town!!

It’s time for a little Fall cleanup and Wareham’s finest students are ready to pitch in. Recently, DTW has visited both Middle and High School groups to ask for volunteers, explain the importance of litter prevention, discuss the environmental and economic impact of litter on our community, and we even introduced the psychology of littering behavior! The students were attentive and polite and asked plenty of good questions.

So, starting the week of November 16rotc , when you see some of these students around with their white trash bags picking up litter, give them a thumbs up or a shout out or toot your horn!

The Middle School Builders Club decided to clean up the areas around the Middle and High School and athletic fields. They plan to do that a couple of times before the snow arrives.

The High School Code Club will tackle Onset Avenue from Depot Auto to Lopes field and playground.

The JROTC will clean the length of High Street.

The High School Key Club has adopted Minot Avenue from Indian Neck to the Minot Forest School.

And the Junior and Senior Honor Societies (70 students strong!!) have decided to break into groups and work in their neighborhoods and in parks and playgrounds.

Don’t Trash Wareham is proud of these students who Take Pride in Wareham, and we thank them for all their hard work!! We also would like to thank their advisers who will be accompanying them and who allowed us to come and speak tohonor society onset thkey club 1eir groups.

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Our thanks to ttrash boxeshe members of Town Meeting who voted to accept the new bylaw relating to Second-Hand Dealers and Collectors.  Wareham has many of these donation containers around town. Unsightly trash and debris dumped beside these charity bins create an unsightly health hazard. Members of Don’t Trash Wareham requested a solution to this problem to the committee who created the bylaw. They included an entire section governing these boxes!! We hope this will solve the problem. (The bylaw must now get approval from the state prior to being enacted. Then the Selectmen must set license fees and fines. By Spring, all should be in place.)

Here is the section of the bylaw: B. Additional requirements: Collection Containers
1. Any person(s), business, entity or organization operating or storing Collection Containers in the Town of Wareham shall be required to obtain a License. Licenses shall only be granted for Collection Containers located in the Strip Commercial or General Commercial Districts as defined by the Wareham Zoning By-Law, as amended, or located on property owned by a charitable or religious entity or the Town of Wareham.
2. Each Collection Container shall have on its exterior surface the name, address and valid phone number of the owner/operator and a permit decal granted and issued by the Board of Selectmen and issued by the Selectmen’s Office. Replacement of missing or defaced permit decals shall be the responsibility of the License holder. The fee for each decal shall be set by the Wareham Board of Selectmen.
3. The owner/operator of the Collection Container and the property owner where the Collection Container is located shall not permit Articles or any other items to be deposited or stored outside Collection Containers. The owner/operator of a Collection Container and the property owner where the Collection Container is located are each jointly and severally responsible for removal of all Articles and
other items deposited in or around the Collection Container. Failure to remove Articles deposited outside a Collection Container after five (5) business days notification by the Chief of Police, Health Agent or Code Enforcement Officer or their designees, shall result in a fine to the owner/operator and/or property owner, disposal fees, and/ or removal of the Collection Container at the owner/operator’s and/or property owner’s expense. Fines and disposal fees shall be determined by the Wareham Board of Selectmen, but in no event shall they exceed the maximum penalty permitted by M.G.L.Ch 40, Section 21.

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Thanks to the many volunteers who showed up at our three town beaches, Don’t Trash Wareham was able to clean up Swifts and Swifts Neck Beaches, Little Harbor Beach and Onset and Shell Point Beaches on three recent weekends.

Coastsweep is a statewide project of the Coastal Zone Management Division that organizes an annual clean up. We were sent gloves, trash bags and recording forms, and kept careful track of everything we picked up. That information then went back to the state who records the information.

By far, the biggest litter problem on our beaches is cigarette butts. In two-hour periods on each beach, we picked up 825 butts on Swifts, 1,016 on Little Harbor and 2,840 on Onset and Shell Point for a total of 4,681!! Consequently, the Don’t Trash Wareham team went before the Wareham Board of Health to request a smoking ban on all town beaches which they have agreed to do. That’s what we call success!coastsweep

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COASTSWEEP is a project created to clean up the beaches, estuaries, rivers, ponds etc. sponsored by the state of Massachusetts’ Coastal Zone Management. Each year, hundreds of volunteers pick up litter and debris, record it, and send the results to the state. This year, Don’t Trash Wareham has signed up for several areas.


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Don’t Trash Wareham is looking for volunteers to help clean these beaches and record our findings as part of the Coastal Zone Management study. We provide supplies.

September 19–Swifts Beach from 10 am to noon
September 26–Little Harbor Beach from 10 am to noon
October 3–Onset and Shell Point Beaches from 10 am to finish

EMAIL us at We need an accurate count of volunteers for the study report, so please let us know if you can help! These are OUR beaches and this is OUR community. Let’s TAKE PRIDE in our beaches too!!

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We had a very successful cleanup weekend in Wareham and Onset. But we can’t let down our guard against littering!! It will take some time to change people’s attitudes and behaviors towards littering. So, please be vigilant. If you see some trash, pick it up. People tend to litter in areas that are already littered.

We are working on an Adopt-an-Area, Street, Park, Beach etc. plan where folks will be asked to monitor certain areas and continue cleaning it up. If you would like to help us out, email us at and let us know what area you would like to adopt!

Thanks to everyone who came out on the cleanup weekend. What a great community effort!!takePrideWarehamtakePrideOnset

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Day 1: A HUGE Success!

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Thank you to EVERYONE who pitched in today! You are AWESOME! We’ve still got Day 2 for anybody who would like to get involved/help us keep up the momentum! We’ll be adding photos to the website, but for now, check out all the great things happening on Facebook!

Glen Charlie Road into Shangri-La — Anyone know who might be able to help?

At 9 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday), a group will form to continue to tackle Minot Avenue and the Indian Neck area. (THANK YOU to those who assisted on this area today! It was very helpful!) Alan Slavin will be following the group with flashing hazard lights to alert motorists. (Please park at Indian Neck Road/Minot Avenue.) Judy notes: “Bring your grabbers!” — there’s a lot stuck into the brush.

Another group will be on Charlotte Furnace Road if you’d like to join them.

Does anyone have any ideas, comments, suggestions, concerns, or anything else about today that you’d like to pass on to folks who will be working tomorrow? Please, share them on Facebook on this linked post!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU again for participating!

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The Project

The best way to resolve a serious litter problem is by changing behaviors and attitudes towards littering, and by creating litter awareness in the population. People are more likely to litter in already littered environments than in clean ones.

The second stage of the project will involve educating the public to become more litter-aware in an effort to reduce or eradicate trash in our town. It will also entail continued clean-up of trash and debris throughout the year.

Litter Facts

  • 80% of all litter is intentional.
  • The most common types of litter are food and fast food litter and cigarette butts.
  • 92% of people who litter do not believe they will be caught.
  • People under 30 tend to litter more than people over 30.
  • People litter more in areas that are already littered.

There are seven primary sources of litter:

  1. Motorists
  2. Pedestrians
  3. Household trash handling
  4. Dumpsters used by businesses
  5. Loading docks
  6. Construction and demolition sites
  7. Trucks with uncovered loads

Litter is blown about by the wind and traffic or carried by water. It moves until trapped by a curb, building or fence. Once litter has accumulated, it invites people to add more.

Why People Litter

Research has found that people litter because:

  • They feel no sense of ownership, even though areas such as parks and beaches are public property
  • They believe someone else—a park maintenance or highway worker, a business owner—will pick up after them
  • Litter has already accumulated

Litter and Our Town

Last year, local, state, and federal governments spent more than $12 billion picking up litter. Tax dollars should be spent on more important services.

Clean communities also have a better chance of attracting new businesses and more tourists than those where litter is common.

Litter Prevention — You Can Help!

It takes a community to keep a town clean. Here are a few ideas you can share with your family and friends.

  • DON’T LITTER! Set a good example for your children, friends and neighbors.
  • Use a litter bag in your car instead of tossing it out the window.
  • At home, secure the lids on your trash and recycling containers, especially on collection day.
  • Secure loads and remove trash from the back of your pickup truck.
  • If you smoke, NEVER throw your cigarette butts on the ground.
  • Clean up after your dog. Carry a plastic bag when walking your dog.
  • If you see litter, pick it up. If each person picks up one piece of trash each day, at the end of the year you will have picked up 365 pieces of trash!
  • Business owners can provide trash receptacles at entrances and be sure their dumpsters are closed.

Litter Pledge

I promise to do my part to make and keep Wareham and Onset litter free.

I will throw my trash away and pick up trash when I see it.

I will tell my family and friends about Don’t Trash Wareham.

Join our community litter removal and prevention project — Don’t Trash Wareham!

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