Mayor Rizzo Announces 4th Annual Revere Shines Citywide Clean-Up & National Take Back Day
March 24, 2014
For the past three years, the City of Revere has hosted Revere Shines, a citywide clean-up effort that occurs on the last Saturday of April. This year, Revere Shines will take place on Saturday, April 26th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Residents and local business partners are being asked to meet at the American Legion Building at 249 Broadway at 8:45 A.M. where they will then be dispersed into the community to begin their clean-up efforts.
After a few hours, all are being invited back to the American Legion Building starting at 12:00 Noon for a BBQ and music to celebrate our hard work.
Last year, “Revere Shines” drew over 500 residents, business, community groups, and other organizations, that participated in the clean-up. Together these volunteers were able to effectively clean and remove trash and debris from over 60 locations across the City. Mayor Rizzo is hoping to continue to build momentum around the event thereby making this year’s event an even bigger success. One example of this is this year’s plan to add our new mobile application, SEECLICKFIX to take photographs and track the progress of the clean-up. Anyone interested in sending us photographs of areas that need to be cleaned, please download this free application to your mobile phone.
In addition to cleaning up our parks and neighborhoods, we are also encouraging residents to “clean out their medicine cabinets.” The city is teaming up with the Revere CARES Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force to organize a Medicine Disposal Take Back Initiative. Residents will be able to drop off unused medicines at a marked table in front of the American Legion Building from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM during the event. The purpose of the take back event is to allow residents to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines in a safe, legal, and environmentally-friendly way. Residents may dispose of prescription medications as well as non-prescription pills such as vitamins. Medicines may be disposed in original bottles or separate plastic bags if preferred. If medicines are being disposed in original containers, remove or cover any personal identifying information. Please keep liquid medicines in original containers to avoid spills. Proper medicine disposal reduces the risk of prescription drugs being consumed inappropriately—either by accident or through illegal sales. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high; over half of all teens abusing medicines get them directly from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often times, without their knowledge.
Mayor Rizzo, along with his planning team, which is made up of members from the Beachmont Improvement Committee, the Revere Beautification Committee, The Neighborhood Developers, as well as other community groups and City Officials are already in active discussions on how to maximize our efforts for maximum results. Businesses, community groups, public school children, along with other community stakeholders, are being asked to take part in the clean-up either through donations or volunteering, or both. Groups are being asked to take responsibility for specific clean-up locations around the City. Individual volunteers are welcomed and encouraged. Student volunteers will receive community service hours for their participation.
“Revere Shines has really become a true citywide community event for the people of Revere. I feel like people want ways to participate in making our city a better place to live and this clean-up day gives them a chance to work side by side with friends and neighbors through a common goal of beautification,” commented Mayor Rizzo.
The MBTA and MassDOT will once again be helping this year. MassDOT has committed resources to the City the week prior to the event, as well as the Monday after by cleaning specific State owned roads.
The MBTA will be hosting a recycling event from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M to coincide with the cleanup. This will be held just like last year at the MBTA parking lot on Ocean Avenue. Appliances, electronics, metal, toys, and yard and power equipment will be accepted. The fee is $20 for a carload – no limit. However, TVs are .50 cents per pound and computer monitors are $15.00. They will not be accepting wood, glass, hazardous materials, paint, tires, mattresses, toilets, carpets, upholstered furniture, florescent bulbs, or household waste.
If you would like to learn more or get involved with Revere Shines this year, please call the Mayor’s Office at 781-286-8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.