BURRILLVILLE –  The Burrillville Earth Day Committee has cancelled all events originally scheduled to take place locally as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event.

The town-wide cleanup will not take place on Saturday, April 25.

Instead, the committee is recommending that residents keep the date in mind, and honor it at home as a way to maintain safety and social distancing.

Parks and Recreation Director Andrea Hall noted that while cleaning up town streets is normally a priority, people should be cautioned not to pick up trash that could be contaminated. Those inclined to take part in clean ups are advised to limit activities to their own yard, or to perform home-based projects instead to honor the day.

The committee hopes to reschedule the annual cleanup in the fall, contingent on guidance from state government as Rhode Island works to curb the COVID 19 pandemic.

Below is a list of environmentally-friendly things Burrillville residents can do at home.

A second Earth Day event, at which the committee had planned to bury a time capsule on the grounds of the Assembly Theatre has also been cancelled. This, also, will be rescheduled for fall, if circumstances permit.

Burrillville’s annual Earth Day celebration is organized each year through a coordinated effort between the Burrillville Lions, the Department of Public Works, the Burrillville Conservation Commission, Waste Management, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful and Dunkin Donuts.

This year, the Burrillville Land Trust also participated in planning for the 50th anniversary event. That organization has instead planned a series of free, virtual events. Click below to learn more.

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