BELFAST — Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful is about to start picking up roadside trash again and is looking for people and new teams to help. Saturday, May 7, is the big day, with a rain date of May 8. Each year volunteers spread out and pick up all the trash on all 59 miles of roads in a huge community effort.

Belfast needs you!

Organizers of this annual cleanup is looking for businesses and organizations that would like to help with this community and city of Belfast effort. Small teams, representing many different businesses and groups both large and small, spread out and clean all 59 miles of Belfast roads. “We need your business or group or organization to get on board,” City Councilor Mike Hurley stressed in a press release.

New teams will join Mathew’s Brothers, Cornerspring Montessori, The Colonial Theatre, Front Street Pub, Belfast Rotary, Waldo CAP, Bank of America, athenahealth, Belfast Area Snow Packers, Downshift Bicycles and more large and small teams picking up what a year has left on the sides of our roads. “We have volunteers who come from all over Belfast and the area because everyone wants to help Keep Belfast Maine Beautiful,” Hurley said. “Join the fun! And it really is fun. We need you!”

T-shirts and free lunch!

Everyone on each team will get a custom T-shirt, lunch afterward sponsored Front Street Pub and Harborwalk, “and the good feeling of helping to get rid of thousands of pounds of garbage,” he said.

Last year volunteers picked up over 5,000 pounds of trash and  95,400 cigarette butts, lots of nips, and more. Pinkerton & Sons Disposal hauls the trash away.

Just want to help? “Even if you don’t have a team, we still very much encourage individuals and families to show up the day of the event and we will assign you a small section to clean,” Hurley said. All are welcome.

For more information on the May 7 Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful roadside cleanup and how your business, organization or individuals can join in, call John Gibbs at 323-2629 or email 338kbmeb@gmail.com. Look for more information at Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful on Facebook.