April 17, 2014 - 4:01 PM
KELOWNA - Looking for a great way to celebrate Earth Day this year? Why not tackle a Community Cleanup project?
Tuesday is officially Earth Day, and April is Community Cleanup month. The Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds you they have all the gear and supplies you’ll need to tackle a spring cleanup in your neighborhood. Pick up litter, sweep a sidewalk, or tackle an illegal dumpsite. Whatever you choose, they’ll even arrange to pick up the litter filled bags when you’re done.
Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says volunteers are the backbone of Community Cleanup Month, and every year thousands of families, service clubs, students and businesses lend their support to cleanup initiatives in their neighborhoods.
“Many groups have done clean ups on or close to Earth Day over the years. But whether it’s for Earth Day, or any time in April, it’s always inspiring to see so many people committed to making a difference! The impact we can make in a short amount of time when we pull together with a little elbow grease and determination is really encouraging.”
Stewart adds some groups faithfully dedicate their time every year, including the North Westside Community Association, who for over 15 consecutive years has cleaned up a 30-kilometer stretch of Westside Road out to La Casa. Other groups that have already participated in clean ups this spring include over 200 students at Kelowna Senior Secondary, Best Western Hotel Kelowna, the Lakes Community Association in Oyama, Tallus Ridge residents, the Oyama Community Club, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Willowstone Academy Preschool, Pelmewash Parkway residents group, and countless individual families.
If you would like to do a cleanup in your area, the Regional Waste Reduction Office will provide bags, gloves and pick up of litter filled bags after you’re done. For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.
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