BILLERICA -- It's that time of the year again to make the town sparkle.

The annual Billerica Clean Up Green Up is May 3, and organizers are encouraging residents to sign up for the event as soon as possible. Residents can clean up a designated or non-designated area in town.

"This is a great, positive day that's been happening for a long time in town," said Sandra Libby, playground coordinator at the Billerica Recreation Department. "We look forward to many residents coming out and cleaning up many areas of town."

At 8 a.m. on May 3, residents check in at the Billerica Council on Aging to pick up trash bags, leaf bags and gloves to clean up a designated or non-designated area that needs attention.

At 10 a.m., children of all ages can meet at Kids Konnection Playground for "Take 5," where they clean up the playground and earn a Take 5 patch. The Billerica Recreation Department created the Take 5 program, which encourages children to pick up five pieces of trash from parks to "help keep Billerica clean." Children must be accompanied by an adult.

"I think it's important for residents, whether they're commercial residents or people living in town, to give back and take pride where they live and work," said Caroline Catlender, executive director of the Billerica Alliance, which partners with the town of Billerica and Neighbor Brigade for the Clean Up Green Up. "Rather than pointing out what's wrong, this gives people an opportunity to make things better.



Also on May 3, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Marshall Middle School, residents can donate/recycle furniture, clothing, appliances, tires, bicycles, books, school supplies, baby gear, canned cat food, eyeglasses, hearing aids, batteries and more.

Organizations are accepting useable items in good/clean condition.

The Billerica Alliance is also looking for Billerica-based companies that are interested in community service projects. In the past, companies have cleaned up Vietnam Veteran's Park, painted Vining Elementary School and landscaped at the Council on Aging.

Catlender said there's several opportunities available for all group sizes and abilities. She said the Billerica Alliance will work with the company to organize a project date. It doesn't have to be done on May 3.

For more information on cleaning up areas and the "Take 5" cleanup, contact Libby at 978-671-0921.

For more information on donating/recycling, contact Mary Delahanty at 978-671-1337.

For more information on companies getting involved, contact the Billerica Alliance at 978-667-4174.

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