Group aims to clean up trash townwide | Local News

The organizers of the annual Clean Up Foxboro Day event have high hopes that a small army of rubbish speaking – and collecting – volunteers will swarm across town this Saturday morning to freshen up the landscape.

According to the organizer AJ Dooley, the effort is urgently needed. The annual “spring cleaning”, which traditionally took place in April or May, has been postponed to September this year out of consideration for the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. The 2020 cleanup day was skipped entirely for the same reason.

“Anyone who’s seen the rubbish on any of our streets knows it’s seriously overdue,” Dooley said this week. “That is why we have planned the event for September. I didn’t want to pass two full years before the next cleanup. “

The citywide cleanup first took place in 2012 and was the brainchild of retired Foxboro Reporter Editor Jack Authelet, and it typically attracts between 200 and 400 volunteers on a Saturday morning to collect trash and street litter on streets and other public spaces across the city .

In line with previous practice, prospective volunteers are asked to report to the Schneider Electric parking lot at the foot of Bird Street and Railroad Avenue starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

To help plan, volunteers are urged to pre-register on the Cleanup Day website at, where 165 had already pre-registered Wednesday morning, Dooley said.

Walk-ons are always welcome, however, and can simply sign up for route assignments on Saturday morning.

Upon arrival, volunteers can snack on coffee and donuts while they receive safety t-shirts, disposable gloves, and trash bags waiting to be filled. They also get a phone number to call if they observe hazardous substances instead of risking them themselves.

Cleanups are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a free pizza lunch from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

However, Dooley emphasized that volunteers don’t have to make a four-hour commitment to improve the appearance of the city.

“Everyone is busy, I see,” he said. “You should see my Saturday schedule. But it only takes 15 minutes to make a difference. “

That this year’s purge coincides with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which has been declared national service day, is particularly fitting.

“It’s a day of service, a day of remembrance, and a day of thanks,” noted Dooley.

In addition, this year’s cleanup will be held in memory of Dave Gaffey, a 1974 Foxboro High School graduate and local barber who died last December.

Dooley, along with volunteer crews from Tree Tech and Ryan Moreshead Excavating, will be driving routes around town on Saturday afternoon to pick up bags and bring them back to waiting dumpsters.

At check-in, volunteers can also win raffle prizes, including tickets to the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics, as well as tickets to an upcoming show with country music star Kenny Chesney.

Additionally, every volunteer who signs up this Saturday is entitled to a free, one-time cleaning of garbage / recycling bins courtesy of Dooley’s new start-up Cleanest Bins, a mobile service that cleans and disinfects garbage cans at home and / or container.

Dooley on this year’s planning committee supported Tina Belanger, Jennifer Riggs, Balazs Busznyak and Benjamin Ricketts, students of Foxboro High School.

This year’s sponsors include: Schneider Electric, Stop & Shop Foxboro, Partners in Patriotism, Seven Roads Media, Foxboro Fish & Game Club, Tree Tech, Foxboro Never Forgets, Next-Gen Supply Group, Judy’s Village Flowers, Foxboro Cleanouts, St. Mary’s Church, TBR Marble, Patriot Place, and the Kraft Group. Also: Pee Palace Potties, Dunkin Donuts (Main Street, Foxboro), Oilman Inc., Cool Twist, Remax, Foxboro Real Estate, Foxboro Rotary, Differrentals, Hometown Pumping, O’Donnell Bros. Homes, MJ Eisenhauer Plumbing Inc., Foxboro Mini Mart, Cindi’s Jewlery, Stadium Golf, DJ Nate Adams and R. Moreshead Digs.