Plymouth: First Annual Litter Summit Saturday (Nov. 7)

This weekend in Plymouth, expect to hear a little trash talk.

Saturday is the first annual “litter summit” at the Plymouth Library.

The summit was born to “gather those of us who suffer from what I jokingly refer to as ‘extreme litter awareness syndrome,’” said Neil Rhein, Founder and Executive Director of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, and “get those people together in the same room to share ideas and discuss some of the common challenges that communities across the state face in regards to litter, along with solutions for preventing it, and cleaning it up.”

It’s one way communities can fight back against what Rhein calls the state’s “litter problem.”

“Our goal really is to change the culture about litter in Massachusetts,” said Rhein. “Just like driving without a seat belt has gone out of fashion, we hope to make littering a thing of the past.”

While Saturday’s summit will include several officials, including Scott Wilson, Director of Roadway Operations at the MassDOT Highway Division, and Make Rosen, Senior Vice President of marketing and communications of Keep America Beautiful, the event is open to all.

“We’ve got leaders of volunteer groups, such as Operation Clean Sweep in New Bedford [and] the Duxbury Litter Patrol, we’ve got some state officials coming and some municipal leaders, so anyone is welcome,” said Rhein.

He explained that the “Keep Massachusetts Beautiful” initiative is part of the national organization, “Keep America Beautiful.”

“We’re really looking to try to raise some awareness about this issue and get people motivated to clean up our state,” said Rhein.

This free litter program is from 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 7) at the Plymouth Public Library on South Street.

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Christine James is the Managing News Editor, and anchor at WATD. She has been a fixture here since 1990. Along the way in her WATD newsroom journey, she has won numerous broadcast awards including the Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow National Award for "Best Newscast."