Two decades of keeping it clean

Municipality seeks volunteers for their annual Spring Community Cleanup Campaign

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

The Hindu Society of Fort McMurray were one of the three winners from last year’s Pick and Click Photo Contest. Get involved in the 2016 Spring Community Cleanup Campaign at www.rmwb.ca

For the past 20 years, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has been bringing residents together for their Community Cleanup initiative. This year’s Spring Community Cleanup Campaign begins on April 13 and runs until May 8.

With over 3,800 volunteers pitching in for last year’s spring and fall campaigns, RMWB staff hope to see the continued support and say it’s a great way to give back to the community, and help beautify the region.

Community Strategies Coordinator II of the RMWB’s Community Services Department Seville Kwan said the feedback from people taking part has been positive and it can be used as a great educational tool for children and youth.

“It’s a great way to teach children about the environment, and the importance of volunteerism,” she said.
Now with the snow barely visible, more and more litter is revealing itself. Kwan explains how the seasonal clean helps rid of the debris that tends to collect over the winter months.

“The Spring Community Cleanup program helps to keep litter from getting into our rivers, or stuck along tree lines,” she said. “Discarded cigarette butts are also considered litter and should be disposed of properly.”

To register, residents are encouraged to go online to the municipality’s website at www.rmwb.ca. From safe cleanup tips to signing up for the Adopt-A-Trail or Adopt-A-Roadway program, residents will find all the necessary information. Volunteers will receive supplies and have the garbage-filled bags picked up from their cleanup location.

For those who haven’t taken part before, Kwan said it’s a great opportunity to get together in groups and clean up their neighbourhoods, favourite parks or wherever they choose.

“It’s a great opportunity to get together with friends, family, neighbours, or coworkers, and help beautify the community,” she said. “Volunteers can select a location that’s special to them, and the RMWB can provide the necessary supplies for the cleanup. Basic supplies include bags, gloves, and graffiti removal wipes. We encourage groups to have fun with their cleanup event, and take team photos for our annual Pick and Click Photo Contest for a chance to one of three prize packages.”

The RMWB asks participants to be wary of their surroundings, which includes treelines, traffic, and uneven ground. A list of safety tips for conducting a safe cleanup can also be found online or by calling 780-788-1489.

-Connect Weekly-