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Hudson residents set to pick up litter

Union Leader Correspondent

September 15. 2013 8:11PM

HUDSON — Life in Hudson can get pretty messy sometimes, and members of the town’s Recycling Committee are paying close attention to their neighbors while planning their next steps to tackle the town’s dirtiest problem.

During the Hudson Old Home Day celebration last month, the committee reached out to citizens to determine which streets had the worst littering problem.

According to committee chairman Leo Bernard, the overwhelming answer to that question was Windham and Speare roads. Roadside cleanups have been scheduled for Sept. 28.

“It was the townspeople who picked these streets,” Bernard said last week. “These two particular areas of town were the ones we kept hearing about.”

Early last summer, the committee spent a full day clearing litter off Greeley Street and over the course of that day, volunteers removed a discarded refrigerator and several old sofas, among other things.

During the Sept. 10 Hudson Board of Selectmen meeting, board members voiced support for the committee’s efforts, though noted that the safety of volunteers working on the roadside was a concern.

While areas of Pelham and Barrett’s Hill roads were also suggested as potential cleanup sites, Selectman Roger Coutu said a police presence would be needed to keep volunteers safe from speeding vehicles.

“Perhaps next year, we can work even more closely with the police department when planning the cleanup events,” Coutu said.

During the summer cleanup of Greeley Street, volunteers wore neon yellow shirts and police regularly patrol that road already, Selectman Ben Nadeau said.

“These are areas where we see a lot of trash strewn about, so we’re happy to see someone is paying attention to those roads,” Nadeau added. “It’s commendable the committee is willing to take on two cleanup events this year.”

Volunteers will gather at Benson Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, before taking off to their respective cleanup locations. Each volunteer will be provided with trash bags, gloves and bright-colored shirts. Any recyclable items collected will be disposed of accordingly.

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