We at Don’t Trash Wareham would like to thank everyone who was involved in some way during our third annual town-wide cleanup.

The 375+ volunteers worked above and beyond the call of duty, and for that we are so grateful. Students, scouts, families, churches, businesses, civic organizations, teams and individuals spent many hours picking up other people’s litter this past Earth Day weekend, April 22 and 23.

We would like to thank the local stores that donated trash bags for their generosity: Lowe’s Home Improvement, the Home Depot, Stop and Shop, and the 7-11 on Glen Charlie Road.

We also would like to thank the Town Administrator, Board of Selectmen, Harbormaster and Head of Municipal Maintenance for their support and assistance during the cleanup.

The volunteers picked up a tremendous amount of trash and debris and filled up two large dumpsters donated by Covanta/SEMASS to whom we are also very thankful. We also thank the volunteers with pickup trucks who picked up bags and litter and brought them to those dumpsters.

One group of about twenty volunteers in the Shangri-la section of town sent us a comment we would like to share as it exemplifies the community’s efforts: While cleaning,  “a woman came by and brought us a box of Joe and a dozen donuts. A man stopped and gave the guys a bag full of Gatorade. People stopped and took trash bags to the dump for us since they were already going there. Lots of people stopped to thank everyone or honked and waved when passing. It made everyone feel appreciated which goes a very long way.”

We couldn’t have said it any better! Visit our Facebook page to see a photo collection from the cleanup. Thanks for your help and support Wareham and Onset!

From the Don’t Trash Wareham Team

Mary Bruce

Jaime Rehban-Buckminster

Judith Whiteside

Alan Slavin