W&H and Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful Come Together for a Community Litter Clean-up Day

Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful and Lincoln-based Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation (W&H) teamed up for a community litter pick-up along New England Way and its intersection with the heavily littered Albion Road this past Wednesday.

In under two hours, the group of 10 collected more than 20 bags of garbage, including cans, bottles and wrappers, along with several tires and vinyl siding, calling attention to the severity of the litter problem our community faces. 

“It feels good, as a citizen, to be out there contributing to the community in a positive way, but picking up someone else’s garbage certainly adds a dose of frustration to the mix,” said Catherine Mattson, Marketing Communications Manager at W&H.

As a supplier of machinery for the production of flexible packaging, such as plastic films that package the food you buy at the supermarket or paper sacks that contain cement powder, W&H is concerned about what happens to that packaging at the end of its initial life cycle.

Andrew Wheeler, President of W&H, said, “We as a company went out to support the clean up activities that are desperately needed in our immediate community. Today the area looks great, but we’re well aware that within the coming weeks and months, litter will be strewn about again.”

“Legislators are threatening bans as a solution. But a huge part of the overall problem is the atrocious behavior of individuals disposing of their garbage on the roads,” added Wheeler.

Much of the litter that was picked up was made of easily recyclable and already recycled items such as aluminum, glass and plastic.