Earth Day Cleanups are Canceled

April 6th, 2020

REC Community,


I am reaching out to let you know that in the interest of public health, we will be canceling the 31st Annual REC Earth Day Cleanups scheduled for Saturday, April 18th. As you know, hundreds of Worcester residents have been coming together each year for more than 30 years to provide a much needed spring cleaning to the city we love. Last year, more than 1,200 volunteers removed 50 tons of trash from 100 sites throughout the city. 


In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, we have been in close contact with the City of Worcester’s Division of Public Health, Department of Public Works & Parks, and the Office of the City Manager. We have received clear guidance that while this pandemic continues, residents are strongly discouraged from picking up litter or debris which might expose them to contaminated materials and further the spread of the virus.


Therefore, in addition to cancelling the annual citywide cleanup. We would ask individuals and groups to continue to follow guidelines and instructions from municipal and state public health officials, continue to practice social distancing, and please refrain from picking up litter and debris from parks, streets, and sidewalks. 


As an alternative for those of us who are concerned about the accumulation of litter in the city, we would ask you to support the Worcester DPW&P’s annual Spring Street Sweeping Program, which will begin on Monday, 4/13, and will continue over the following 10-12 weeks. You can find more information about this effort and the sweeping schedule on the city website: Spring Street Sweeping and you can follow their progress on the DPW&P Facebook page:


Streets will be posted approximately 1-2 days prior to street sweeping. The public is encouraged to sweep your sidewalk debris and litter into the gutter prior to street sweeping--excluding brush, branches, or yard waste (which they cannot take). Residents are also asked to adhere to the parking ban that will be in effect while your street is being swept. These efforts will help the street sweeping crews to do a more thorough job of cleaning up the streets. 


We would like to thank the Department of Public Works & Parks for their decades-long partnership in our annual cleanup effort. We would also like to thank our lead sponsor, National Grid, for their generous and longstanding support of this important annual community event. 


Thanks so much to you,  the hundreds of volunteers who signed up to clean up our neighborhoods together this year. 


And thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of this event. We are tremendously grateful for all your support: 

AbbVie Bioresearch Center
AJ Letournea Inc. Trash Recycling Services
Assumption College
Blue Hive Group
CCR Wealth Management
Corporate Environmental Advisors
Davis Publications
EcoTec, Inc. Environmental Consulting
E. L. Harvey & Sons
IC Federal Credit Union

Laddawn Inc.
Mass Audubon


Mechanics Bliss 
Standard Auto Wrecking
St. Pierre Manufacturing

Superior Waste and Recycling
Sustainable Comfort, Inc.
Tighe & Bond
UMass Medical School

Wheelabrator Technologies
Worcester Common Ground
Worcester State University


While we are disappointed to cancel this year’s cleanup event, we are grateful to you, our community members, for your stalwart support of your neighbors and your city as we navigate this current crisis. Thank you for all you are doing to keep everyone safe by adhering to social distancing and other public health guidelines. 


We will celebrate Earth Day together this year by each doing our part to help our community through this crisis.


All of us here at the REC wish you and your loved ones health and well-being.


Steve Fischer

Executive Director


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