Ways to celebrate Earth Day in the Danbury area

April 22, 2019 GMT

There’s no shortage of events this week to help the environment as towns, nonprofit organizations and individuals host activities in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day.

Though most are annual events, New Milford has a new cleanup, started by the tree warden.

Here’s a look at the events in the Danbury area:


The Bethel Community Earth Day will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday on the lawn of the Bethel Municipal Center. It will include local vendors, organizations, community groups, artists, craftspeople, farmers, animals and animal lovers. It is co-sponsored by the Town of Bethel, Bethel Parks & Recreation, and the First Congregational Church of Bethel.


The Brookfield Conservation Commission and Brookfield Parks and Rec are sponsoring a variety of Earth-friendly and family-friendly activities from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the bandstand, 100 Pocono Road.

Participants will help clean-up the Kid’s Kingdom area and plant trees around Town Hall to replace those lost in last year’s storm. There will also be seeds and a free sapling to take home and plant there.

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The Trash Bash will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Volunteers will meet at the Young’s Field pavilion and then head out to parts of town to clean up litter. Trash bags will be provided and food will be served at the end, compliments of La Noce’s Gourmet Market.


The effort to build Mt. Trashmore on the town green returns from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Volunteers will start at Town Hall to get trash bags, gloves, vests and road assignments, which will be given out until 1 p.m. Litter can be turned in on the green until 2:45 p.m. There will be a photo in front of the pile before the bags are put in dumpsters and brought to the transfer station. Volunteers will receive a Popsicle or Fudgsicle at the end.

Anyone who can’t attend can join the international effort by including the hashtag #trashtag on social media posts for events that feature before and after pictures of litter collection efforts.


Residents are encouraged to pick up trash around town all day Saturday to noon Sunday. Trash bags and safety vests can be picked up at Parks & Recreation at 95 Danbury Road, Town Hall at 400 Main St., or the Chamber of Commerce office at 13 Grove St.

Full garbage bags can be brought to Farmingville Elementary School, 324 Farmingville Road; East Ridge Middle School, 10 East Ridge; Ridgefield High School, 700 North Salem Road; Branchville Elementary School, 40 Florida Road; and the Parks and Rec Auxiliary Parking Lot, near the bridge on Danbury Road.

If you need more information or have questions, contact Barb Hartman at 203-438-3844 or barbara-hartman@sbcglobal.net.


The roadside and community clean up day will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Trash bags, gloves and a limited number of safety vests will be available at Town Hall. Trash from town roads should be brought to the dumpster at Mallory Town Hall Lower Parking Lot on Sunday. Garbage from state roads, Routes 55, 39 and 37, should be left on the roadside for the state Department of Transportation to pick up on Monday.

All American Waste is also donating a dumpster for bulky waste for Sherman residents. Residents must bring proof of residence. Hazardous materials and construction debris will not be accepted. Some scrap metal will also be collected, including barbecue grills, metal file cabinets, washing machines, dishwashers, basic appliances, electric motors, car frames, metal siding, lawn mowers, brake drums, engine blocks, copper wire, roof flashing, ladders, brass fittings and railings, old bicycles and car batteries if it is separate from other items.

The Sherman Cub Scouts Pack 84 will take rinsed-out plastic or aluminum bottles and cans that are returnable for deposit. Glass won’t be collected. All proceeds will go to a Sherman charity.

Call Ruth in the First Selectman’s office 860-355-1139 with any questions or to sign up for a specific road.


The town of Washington will offer a race and a roadside cleanup to celebrate Earth Day.

The Washington Environmental Council and the Steep Rock Association will host the “Love Your Mother-Earth Day” 5K and 5 Mile road/trail race Saturday.

Same day registration and race-bib pick-up are available from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The race will start at 9 a.m. at the Steep Rock Nature Preserve, 2 Tunnel Road.

It costs $20 in advance and $25 that day. The event is co-sponsored by Ericson Insurance Advisors and Brierwood Nurseries. All proceeds benefit WEC and Steep Rock.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottle or cup since the event is eco-friendly. Post-race snacks and prizes will be awarded.

Participants are encouraged to bring gently used sneakers tied together by the laces. All shoes will be donated through Woodbridge Running Company to the Rerun shoe program.

Residents, businesses and community groups are also invited to “Adopt a Road” by committing to cleaning up one or more roads Wednesday to Monday, with a townwide cleanup on Saturday. Complimentary trash bags will be available in the foyer at Bryan Memorial Town Hall all week. Trash collected for Earth Day may be deposited in the dumpster in front of town hall.

A list of the remaining available roads may be viewed at https://www.wec-ct.org/earth-day-roadside-cleanup.

Volunteers should email their name and road choice to info@wec-ct.org. A list of available roads is available on the council’s website.

The town of Washington will provide a shredder to residents for free from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.