Southampton Town’s Great East End Clean-Up Happening This Weekend

Girl Scouts volunteered during a previous Great East End Clean-up. Courtesy Southampton Town

Grab your gloves and garbage bags, it’s time pick up litter.

The Great East End Clean-Up, a Southampton Town initiative for more than a decade, is usually held in the spring, but when the pandemic struck, it was postponed and now it has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4.

Hundreds of residents, ranging in age, usually take part in cleaning up roadsides, trails, parks and beaches. One year, volunteers collected more than 50 tons of garbage throughout the town.

“This is my first year coordinating the Great East End Clean-up and it’s great to be a part of this community driven event,” said Councilman Rick Martel. “No matter where you live in Southampton, we all live near parklands or waterways that need our help in keeping them clean.”

Volunteers with their trash bags as they cleaned up an area of Southampton Town in a previous Great East End Clean-up, pre-COVID. Courtesy Southampton Town

Individuals as well as groups are welcome to sign-up, but town officials say they must adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear masks. Volunteers can select an area of public property in need of cleaning. The town provides garbage bags and disposal passes for the Town recycling centers. Materials may be picked up by Friday at the Citizens’ Response Center at Southampton Town Hall or the North Sea Transfer Station office.

For more information, or to register, residents may visit the Southampton Town website and follow the link for the Great East End Clean-Up or contact May Zegarelli at (631) 287-5745.

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