Troop 1003 embarks on mission to clean up Burrillville

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BURRILLVILLE – Junior Girl Scouts Troop 1003 is on a mission to clean up the town, and they want you to join them.

The troop has launched a campaign, vowing to pick up trash themselves whenever they see it and inviting residents to do the same.

Six of the Junior Girl Scouts presented their project to the Town Council last week, taking turns to read segments of their plea.

“We want to show the town of Burrillville that we are committed and dedicated to making the world a better place,” the appeal read. “We want to make a difference in our world and we need to start small in the beautiful town of Burrillville.”

The scouts said they are now picking up litter regularly, and reusing plastic bags by keeping them handy to pick up trash wherever it’s needed.

A flyer notes that there are 16,000 residents in town and if everyone picked up 32 pieces of trash, Burrillville would be 500,000 pieces of litter cleaner.

The troop is working on their Bronze Award, the highest a junior troop can achieve, by identifying a problem in their community and implementing a solution.

Councilor Donald Fox told the girls that he regularly picks up trash by his home.

“It’s amazing to me how much trash I can pick up in such a small area,” Fox said.

The troop is working with Trash and Recycling Coordinator Andrea Hall to get town streets cleaned up, and identify areas in need of attention. They’ll also take part in the town-wide cleanup scheduled for April 27, as they have for several years.

On flyers across town, they’re asking that residents join their mission, take a picture of their contribution, and post it on social media with the hashtag “#putt1003.”

Council member unanimously approved the project.

Town Council President John Pacheco commended the girls for their effort.

“This is an awesome idea,” he said.

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