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Operation Clean Sweep announces New Bedford cleanups for May and beyond

Humans have poised themselves as the greatest polluter of nature and the environment. In spite of the bad apples and losers who couldn’t care less and toss their rubbish on the ground, there are far more good apples who want to see a cleaner, more beautiful New Bedford. If you are one of them, here’s how you can help!

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“Together we can make New Bedford a cleaner, greener place to live, work, and play!

Join Us for a May Cleanup:

Saturday, May 22nd
9:00 am to 11:30 am
Meet at the public parking lot at Cotali Mar Restaurante at the corner of Acushnet and Sawyer Streets, New Bedford.

Volunteers will be clean up the surrounding areas in the North End.

• Free t-shirts to all volunteers
• Gloves and tools provided
• Wear closed-toe shoes
• Wear a mask
• Review the safety notes

You can register for the May Cleanup here.

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Earth Day Cleanup on Palmer’s Island:

Last month, 40 volunteers came out for Operation Clean Sweep’s Earth Day Cleanup of historic Palmer’s Island in New Bedford. The team collected 50 bags of trash, 4 tires, 1 mattress, many rubber gloves, 2 fish totes, 6 needles, what seemed like miles of fishing rope from netting, and so many plastic bottles and cups. Watch the video of our Palmer’s Island cleanup here.


Operation Clean Sweep photo.


Operation Clean Sweep photo.


Operation Clean Sweep photo.

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Upcoming Cleanups:

June 19: Me & Eds, South End, 30 Brock Avenue
July: No cleanup scheduled
August 21: ServPro, Purchase Street
September 18: AFC Urgent Care, Coggeshall Street

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Operation Clean Sweep is working to improve the quality of life in New Bedford through organized cleanups, education, and advocacy for enforcement of city ordinances. Education is a key component of Operation Clean Sweep. By creating awareness through classroom presentations, OCS Team members have reached out to over 4000 students in New Bedford. We ask the students to think about their trash and how to dispose of it properly. We encourage everyone to recycle and NOT Litter.

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