Spring is here, and the warmer weather is bringing renewed attention to the litter that lines Mashpee’s streets and beaches.
In April, two litter cleanups have already been scheduled and are seeking volunteers to help protect and beautify the local environment.
Pick Up Mashpee, a town improvement initiative led by Mashpee retailers opposed to a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in miniature packaging known as nips, will hold a cleanup on Saturday, April 3, from 1 to 3 PM, beginning at the Mashpee Public Library.
The Mashpee Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 in November to ban the sale of nip bottles up to 100 milliliters in size, in part citing the prevalence of nips as roadside litter. The ban is scheduled to go into effect on July 1.
Mashpee liquor retailers contend that the ban will have no effect on the amount of litter in town but will have detrimental effects on local businesses.
Online registration is required for the Pick Up Mashpee cleanup, which is a collaboration with the nonprofit Keep Massachusetts Beautiful. Volunteers are urged to follow COVID-19 guidelines.
Ducks Unlimited, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of habitat for waterfowl, will also be sponsoring a litter cleanup this spring near Waquoit Bay.
Scheduled for Saturday, April 24, the cleanup will start from Will’s Work Road and will run from 9 AM to noon. Volunteers looking to participate in the cleanup are encouraged to contact email@example.com ahead of the event.