Help Keep Acadia Trash-Free!

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out for the 22nd Annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup on Saturday, April 29, 2023!

Volunteers pose for a photo during the 2023 Friends of Acadia Earth Day Roadside Cleanup. Photo by Julia Walker Thomas/Friends of Acadia

Friends of Acadia is incredibly grateful for all the amazing volunteers who participated in the 22nd annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup on Saturday, April 29. Inspired by a love for their communities, more than 300 volunteers came out to clean up our state roads. Earth Day volunteers collected 440 bags of trash from over 40 miles of Route 3, Route 233, and Route 102 from the Mount Desert Island and Trenton areas, including many large items.

Groups that participated this year included: MDI High School, Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, MDI Hospital, Girl Scouts, Birch Bay Retirement Village, College Of the Atlantic, Jackson Labs, Rotary, YMCA, Jordan Pond House, Terramor Outdoor Resort, Witham Family Hotels, Hinkley Yachts, the River Church, Bar Harbor Mount Desert PD, The Acadia Shops, and Tremont Consolidated School.

A volunteer carries a bag full of trash picked up from the roadside during Friends of Acadia’s Annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup. Photo by Julia Walker Thomas/Friends of Acadia

We are grateful for all of the individuals who joined us and the many local businesses who recruited volunteers. We also extend gratitude to Hannaford Supermarket for the water and snacks to fuel the volunteers and to the Maine  Department of Transportation for picking up the bagged trash.

We encourage residents to celebrate Earth Day all year long by keeping the roadsides trash-free.  Please dispose of your trash appropriately. Recycle what you can and put the rest in trash cans. With just a small amount of individual effort, together we can reduce the amount of trash in our communities and help protect our shared lands and waters.

Our thanks, again, to all who participated in the Earth Day Roadside Clean-Up this year! This event is successful because of the ongoing support of our local businesses and generous community members. We hope to see you “on the road” next year with friends and family.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you to this year's sponsors!

How do I sign up?
Registration opens the first week of April. You’ll fill out the form on this page to register.

When does registration close?
Registration will close on April 21, 2023

How will I know where to go on April 29?
Once you have signed up you will receive an automatic confirmation email. As we get closer to the event, Nikki Burtis, Friends of Acadia’s Stewardship Coordinator, will be in touch about preferences for section assignments and will then give you your section assignment. Your section assignment will tell you where to go on April 29 to meet up with your section leader and receive supplies as well as further instructions.

What do I need to bring?
A positive attitude, a reusable water bottle, closed toed shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather! Trash bags, safety vests, gloves, water, and a light snack will be provided by your section leader once you arrive.

Who do I get in contact with if I want to be a section leader or if I have a group that wants to participate?
If you have a group that is larger than 10 participants or you want to be a section leader please email Nikki,

Any further questions?

Please call or email Nikki Burtis,, 207-288-3934.


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Please dispose of your garbage appropriately. Recycle and compost whatever you can and place the remainder in trash cans or dumpsters. Or you can walk out the front door of your home or business towards the next street or even the next driveway—trash bag in tow. We all have the power to make a difference in our communities. Thank you!