As we move from winter to spring, Town Highway Department crews continue to pick up debris from the windstorm, but now we have also begun our regular lawn and garden debris pick up. As always, please containerize smaller quantities, to keep your neighborhood cleaner and facilitate pickup. Keep all materials on the grass and out of the street, and particularly during the next month or so, understand that heavy volumes of storm debris means we may not pick up debris at your home every week. Keep track of when you can expect crews in your neighborhood on our webpage, townofbrighton.org.
We are in the midst of our annual recycling and cleanup activities that we hold each spring. Last weekend, we held our free semiannual Electronics Recycling and Document Shredding events, at the Highway Department. We had so many people participate, particularly for the document shredding, that we had to turn people away before the event was scheduled to end. We apologize to anyone inconvenienced by this, and we will hold another event this fall. Although data on the latest event is not yet compiled, over the years Brighton has conducted these recycling and shredding events, we have collected and recycled nearly 200 tons of electronics and paper since Brighton started these popular recycling programs.
The town will hold the annual Pharmaceutical Take Back Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at Brighton Town Hall. The program gives residents the opportunity to safely return excess, expired or unwanted prescriptions and over the counter medications. We even accept “sharps” that can be difficult to safely dispose of. The program has accepted nearly 7 tons of pharmaceuticals since the program first began, many of which might have otherwise been misused or flushed into the water system. All items collected are securely incinerated at a controlled facility in Niagara Falls.
After you finish spring cleaning your home, come help give Brighton a spring cleaning at Brighton’s annual Clean Sweep at 9 a.m. May 13 at Brighton Town Hall. Volunteers will be given bags, gloves and trash grabbers and asked to pick up trash in designated parks or roadsides in Brighton. Come with your kids, neighbors, a group or just by yourself. Everyone can help! Following the morning clean up, join us for lunch at French Road School.
Each of these programs is organized by Councilmember Louise Novros and her team of volunteers, with help from town staff. The Brighton Central School District also supports Clean Sweep. Please call or email Councilmember Novros, at 585-244-3533 or ljnovros@aol.com with any questions, or to sign up to volunteer for Clean Sweep.