The leaves are changing colours, a chill is in the air – fall is here and it is the perfect time to pitch in and clean up the community.
For the past four years, the Township of Langley’s Adopt-A-Program has been holding a cleanup each spring to rid local streets, parks, trails, and waterways of litter and debris. The events have been so successful that this year an additional event has been added in the autumn.
The fourth annual Fall Clean Up Langley Days will be held Friday, Oct. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Clean Up Langley Day has been really well received by local residents, organizations, and businesses,” said Amanda Connolly of the Township’s Strategic Initiatives Department. “Everyone has been very enthusiastic, so this time we are holding the event over two days. We hope also having it on a Friday will give businesses and schools a better opportunity and more convenient time to participate. All volunteers are welcome to sign up for either day.”
This is the second event to be held this year, following an April 25 cleanup that saw 200 dedicated volunteers collect close to two tonnes of waste – the largest turn-out and most amount of material collected in the event’s history.
Providing an additional Clean Up Langley Day event is also part of a new Litter and Illegal Waste Management Strategy that was adopted by Township Council this spring.
“The Township of Langley is a great place to live and people take a lot of pride in their community,” said Tanya Drouillard of the Township’s Strategic Initiatives Department. “We are trying to find ways to keep Langley clean and beautiful, and for residents to get involved in that process. The Strategy is based on education, infrastructure, and enforcement, and awareness plays a major role in that approach.”
The Litter and Illegal Waste Management Strategy recommends holding Clean Up Langley Days twice a year, to beautify the Township in conjunction with Earth Day in the spring, and again during Waste Reduction Week in October.
Businesses, schools, community groups, families, and individuals who would like to pitch in and help out this fall can register online at tol.ca/adopt, or contact Amanda Connolly at 604-532-7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cleanups will be held throughout the municipality and everyone who joins in will be provided with gloves, safety vests, garbage pickers, and garbage bags. Participants can choose to work in specific neighbourhoods and can organize a cleanup of their own or join an existing work group.
Garbage collected will be picked up and disposed of by Sierra Waste Services Ltd.