On a windy, rainy, sleeting day, 116 residents took several hours to clean up 27 miles of Brewster’s roadways and beaches. Litter, totaling 1640 pounds, was picked up, pulled out of bushes, and retrieved from sand-whipped beaches.
Aside from the weather, this year was different in that a litter characterization was performed during the clean up on some - but not all - routes. Participants were given a sheet with 40 products and asked to indicate what type of litter was found. That data shows that 3,142 nips were recorded; and those were just the ones counted! Deposit cans littered totaled 884 which equates to $44.20 tossed out of vehicle windows. Cigarette butts (6656) were so over abundant that many groups gave up counting them. COVID related litter was documented as well and totaled 142 pieces.
Beautify Brewster 2021, a community event, was managed this year by the Department of Natural Resources and the Cape Cod Anti-Litter Coalition. Many participants have expressed interest in seeing a Litter-Free Brewster going forward. Residents and visitors should take pride in Beautiful Brewster and keep their trash and recyclables from becoming litter in the future.