Yellow Bag Day cleanup on as usual April 4

Yellow Bag Day cleanup on as usual April 4

LINCOLN – Yellow Bag Day, a roadside litter cleanup sponsored annually in Cumberland by The Valley Breeze, will take place as normal on Saturday, April 4. A sister project in Lincoln, also backed by The Breeze and organized by Town Councilor Ken Pichette, will take place in the afternoon on the same day. Cumberland's work is organized by Breeze Publisher Tom Ward. "We're glad the cleanup will go on as usual," said Ward. "Considering the COVID-19 state of emergency, we checked with Mayor Jeff Mutter, who agreed the work could proceed." Mutter and his team will help for a second year, working in several littered areas along Mendon Road. Lieutenant Gov. Dan McKee, a former mayor, will again clean Hillside Road with his wife, Sue.

Yellow Bag Day hosts no organizational meeting. Volunteers are organized in Cumberland by email only, and pick up bags at The Valley Breeze offices, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln (where there are also racks with all five Breeze papers). From there, volunteers work independently or in small teams filling bags with roadside litter and leave them curbside. Small groups or couples – usually a family – are spread across town. Hundreds of bags are filled each year, and Cumberland Highway Department workers, led by Frank Stowik, pick up the bags for disposal on Monday, April 6.

In Lincoln, Pichette gathers volunteers briefly in the parking lot of Navigant Credit Union, Railroad Street. The effort has now grown beyond the village of Manville, where it began.

Volunteers are still needed.

"We're hoping that we might get more help this year, as people are suffering 'cabin fever' with the restrictions on movement and work," said Ward. "Yellow Bag Day will be a great chance to get out, get some exercise and fresh air, and do your community a lot of good," said Ward.

Those willing to help in Cumberland should email Ward at tward@valleybreeze.com, or phone 401-334-9555 and leave a phone number.

Those who want to help in Lincoln should email Pichette at tcouncil5@lincolnri.org, or meet him at Navigant at noon on April 4 to pick up bags and get an assignment.