Cleaning up the trash in Dundalk
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 10:26

April 6 is a busy day for Dundalk groups’ cleaups

by Ben Boehl

    Now that spring is here, it is time for some spring cleaning.
    Dundalk will have a huge outdoor spring cleaning day on Saturday, April 6. It will be a busy day as the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. (DRC), Clean Bread and Cheese Creek (CBCC) and the Back River Restoration Committee (BRRC) will all hold their community cleanups.
    When asked why all three groups hold their clean ups on the same day, Jacqueline Murray of the DRC said their event is part of a six-state cleanup by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay called Project Clean Stream, which is in its 25th year.
    “It is a great collective effort to see how much trash we can all collect from the Chesapeake Bay,”  Murray explained.         The DRC reported that in 2012 14,616 volunteers collected 262 tons of trash from 660 sites throughout the region.
    The DRC’s will be back at it again as its cleanup will begin on 9 a.m. Registration will be held — and breakfast will be served — at the St. Helena Community Center from 8  to  8:45 a.m. 

After breakfast, a Dundalk-wide cleanup will take place along the areas of St. Helena, Merritt, Watersedge, Turner Station and Fleming Park and along Dundalk and Holabird avenues, Merritt Boulevard and Sollers Point Road.
    The DRC is currently in the midst of its “Don’t Trash Our Dundalk”  campaign, teaming up with  the Boston Court Home Owners Association, DunLogan Community Association, Gray Manor & Northshire Community Association, Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association, St. Helena Neighborhood Association and Turner Station Conservation Team to focus on issues such as proper trash disposal, rat prevention, the benefits of recycling, and the impact of trash on the local watershed.
    Many of those same organizations are participating in cleanups in their neighborhoods.
    “It goes hand and hand with our ‘Don’t Trash  Our Dundalk’ campaign. This cleanup is another effort to clean up those areas,” Murray said.
    Clean Bread and Cheese Creek will hold its cleanup in the northern end of Dundalk at Bread and Cheese Creek. John Long, founder of Clean Bread and Cheese Creek, said his group will hold a cleanup that day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the stretch of stream between Plainfield Road and North Point Road.
    This is one of four cleanups that Clean Bread and Cheese is having within the next few months. The group started back in 2009 and they call their cause “All Clean by 2014.”
    “That is something we have been working for since we started,” Long said, explaining the group’s plan is to clean the entire stream by 2014 in preparation for the climax of Maryland’s War of 1812 bicentennial celebration.
    Long noted that the creek had a significant role in the Battle of North Point on September 12, 1814 as both the American and British troops camped along its banks. Long added that Clean Bread and Cheese Creek is also part of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay which supplies gloves and trash bags.
    There will be a limited supply of tools and hip waders to loan, so volunteers are asked to bring their own shovels, picks and rakes.
    Entenmann’s Discount Bakery will be donating snacks and Gotügo is contributing a portable toilet. Long added that bottled water and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
    “We are able to provide lunch ... by selling the scrap metal we find and from our bake sales, but we are always looking for sponsors for food donations,” Long said.    
    “Sometimes, we’ve been lucky enough to find food donations the week [before the cleanup].”
    Along Back River, the BRRC will meet at the Essex Park and Ride at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes and boots or closed-toe shoes. The BRRC will provide bags, gloves, tools and lunch.