Join the Earth Day Village-Wide Cleanup

April 14, 2012

Earth Day only comes once a year, and the Environmental Advisory Committees of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are urging local residents to don gloves for the occasion.

On Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will take to the streets to pick up garbage that has been accumulating in the villages over the winter.

“We’re asking everyone to come out to support their village by making it a cleaner, better place to live,” said Sean Roach, member of the Sleepy Hollow EAC. “Just a couple hours can make a huge difference.”

Last year, the Earth Day cleanup gathered about 20 local volunteers, as well as EF School students who cleaned around the Tarrytown Lakes. Over 35 bags of garbage were collected in both Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.

However, not all of the streets were covered since participants were spread thin, said organizers. Local EACs are hoping to double the number of participants this year to ensure that some of the dirtiest areas get the attention they need.

“It’s a great way to get involved in the community as an individual, or as a family,” said Roach. “Last year some of the kids seemed even more eager to clean up than their parents!”

All those who wish to participate can show up at 9:45 a.m. at Patriots Park, rain or shine. Bring gloves, bright clothing, and water if it is hot out. There will be some refreshments prior to the start of the cleanup. Volunteers will be designated specific routes to clean during the event, and people can request to clean around their own neighborhoods if they so desire.

Those with questions about the cleanup can contact David Bedell or Sean Roach of the Sleepy Hollow Environmental Advisory Committee at:; or Carole Griffiths of the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Committee at:

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