The Hamden Clean and Green Commission is once again cleaning up every Saturday morning after the Friday evening concerts held at Town Center Park at Meadowbrook, 2761 Dixwell Ave.
Commission members meet at 7:30 a.m. before the heat of the day makes the job too difficult. This is the fourth year that the commission has performed this service, providing residents with a clean park for Saturday activities at no expense to the town.
Several public service announcements are made each week before the music begins. Guests are encouraged to clean up after themselves and use the trash and recycling receptacles. This year, smokers were asked to please be courteous to people sitting near them, who may not be able to tolerate the smoke. Commission members believe both of these announcements have contributed to making the park easier to clean.
“The most prevalent and difficult items to pick up are bottle caps and cigarette butts” according to Scott Howland, commission chairperson. “Bottle caps can cause injuries to pets and barefooted children.”
According to CigaretteLitter.org, “Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate tow, NOT COTTON, and they can take decades to degrade. Not only does cigarette litter ruin even the most picturesque setting, but the toxic residue in cigarette filters is damaging to the environment.”
"Cigarette butts can also be toxic to birds and animals who ingest them” said commission member, Diane Hoffman.
“The Clean & Green Commission is glad that their contribution helps to keep down the costs of producing the concert series each year. This is just one more way the commission strives to keep Hamden clean and green” said Howland.