UPDATED: Milford’s “50K By Earth Day Litter Challenge” recently hit the 25,000 mark.

Since the City of Milford’s Conservation Commission challenged citizens on April 1 to pick up 50,000 pieces of litter by Milford Earth Day on May 11, a lot of trash has been picked up.

Individuals and groups have been pitching in to rid the city of trash accumulated over the winter.

On Sunday April 7, about 20 New Haven Bird Club members organized by Winie Wirth scoured the Marble Quarry Trail next to Rose’s Mill Road, bagging 8,218 items and hauling away such litter as plastic bottles, packaging material, fast food containers, and approximately 873 single-use plastic shopping bags.

“Several individuals, families and groups have contacted us, including Scouts, Brownie troops, church groups, school clubs, neighborhoods and businesses such as Spectrum Associates and Subway, to let us know they are organizing cleanup days to do their part,” said Steve Johnson, Milford’s Open Space Agent. “It’s really exciting to see our citizens banding together to make our city the most litter-free town in the state. It’s easy to organize a cleanup and participants can commit as much or as little time as they like. An hour or two can really make a difference. People can just take bags home to put out with their regular trash pickup.”

Approximate numbers of trash picked up can be recorded on The Conservation Commission of Milford Facebook page: Click on the link at the top of the page. Numbers also can be deposited in a box located in the Milford Public Library.

For more information contact Steve Johnson at 203-878-7812 or stevenjohnson@ci.milford.ct.us.