For those who sat along the parade route on the Fourth of July, the message was clear. Bristol recycles.
On the day before thousands of parade viewers were to visit, members of the grassroots organization, Bristol Recycles, delivered a blue recycling bin to each of the 250 homes situated along the parade route.
The effort to distribute the bins for the 4th of July, said one of the organizers, Keith Maloney, was intended to give parade viewers an alternative to throwing recyclable material into the trash.
“There are 250 homes along the route,” Mr. Maloney said. “We bought one barrel each so they can put them out on the sidewalk during the parade.”
The group used money they raised from the showing of the film “Trashed,” a documentary that supports recycling.
In addition to the blue bins made available by Bristol Recycles, the DPW helped keep litter off the roads and sidewalks by affixing plastic bags to numerous trees along the route. Those two efforts made clean-up efficient, despite the torrential rain that hindered the process.
“It went pretty efficiently,” Jim Galuska, director of the department of public works, said of the post parade clean-up. “It took about five hours” before the streets and sidewalks were returned to their pre-parade condition.