The Gerwing Family cleanup was in Fort Langley.

Langley clean up corrals record amount of waste

One volunteer found more than 200 bags of dog poo.

Spirits were sunny and bright as hundreds of volunteers poured into the Township of Langley’s streets, streams, parks, and trails for a hugely successful Clean Up Langley Day.

Held April 28, the annual event saw 1,960 kilograms or 4,321 pounds of trash cleared from the Township’s public spaces. That was 1,000 pounds more than last year, said Lovena Morton, a Township Solid Waste coordinator.

Attendance was also way up.

• Read about some of the participants

“We were really impressed with both the turnout and the result of this year’s event. More than 350 people pitched in at 26 separate cleanups held throughout the Township,” she said. “It was wonderful to see so many people getting involved and making a difference where they live, work, and play and we would love to see that enthusiasm and interest in caring for the community and the environment continue all year long.”

Morton was pleased that about half of the Clean Up event hosts and participants had returned from previous years, while the other half were new.

“The people who came out were of all ages and walks of life, but they had the same thing in common – wanting to see litter banished from our public spaces,” Morton said. “It was neat to see how that brought people together to get to know their neighbours, give back to their community, and help the environment. We are really grateful for everyone’s efforts and their eagerness to ensure Langley stays clean, safe, and beautiful.”

Public cleanups were hosted by local businesses, community groups, schools, sports teams, churches, and families. The Clean Up Langley teams were supplied with garbage pickers, bags, gloves, and vests to help with the task at hand and Sierra Waste Services pitched in to pick up the waste collected.

During the event, volunteers cleaned out all kinds of trash and items that could and should have been recycled or disposed of properly. Some of the most common items included coffee cups, car batteries, plastic bags, tires, and oil containers, which are all detrimental to the environment.

Many bags of dog waste – including more than 200 bags found by a single volunteer in the bushes by the street she was cleaning – and numerous cigarette butts were also discovered.

“Neither cigarette butts nor bags of dog waste break down in the environment, despite what people may think,” Morton noted.

Even bags marketed as compostable or biodegradable take years to break down, and in the meantime, the plastic material and the waste inside is harmful to wildlife and aquatic systems. Dog waste should be taken home and placed in the owner’s garbage bin or disposed of in a waste receptacle, not left in public spaces.

For those who want to keep the spirit of Clean Up Langley Day going, there are many things that can be done to make a difference all year round.

Individuals, groups, businesses, or schools can participate in the Township’s Adopt-a-Program by choosing a street, park, trail, or creek to “adopt” and committing to cleaning litter from that area during a one-time event or on an ongoing basis. The Township provides cleaning supplies, safety information, garbage removal, and a recognition sign for long-term adoptions.

“Conducting a cleanup event is a great way to give back to the community, and reference letters for volunteer hour requirements are also available upon request,” Morton noted.

Visit tol.ca/adopt for more info.

“When it comes to taking care of the environment, there are options for every level of involvement. That includes simply thinking about the things we throw away, where and how they should be disposed of, and even if they really need to be thrown away,” Morton said. “Can items be donated, recycled, reused, or even upcycled into something new and different? Every effort, big or small, makes a difference.”

For more information, contact Lovena Morton, Township Solid Waste coordinator, at lmorton@tol.ca or 604-533-6090, ext. 3488.

Participated for Clean Up Langley Day:

  • Stepping Stone Community Services Society
  • Live in Langley Chinese Association
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Lindsay Kenney LLP
  • Langley Meadows Community Association
  • The Schriefer Family
  • Langley Elks
  • Langley Rivermen
  • Little Byrde Blends
  • City Collective Church
  • Britco Pork
  • Real Estate by Joe Battrick – Homelife Benchmark Realty
  • Harvest Baptist Church
  • Steve Klassen Real Estate – RE/MAX Treeland
  • The Kirkwood Family
  • Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society
  • Aldergrove Business Association
  • 1st Ottergrove Pathfinders
  • 1st Willoughby Scouts
  • The Gerwing Family
  • Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise
  • Darlene & Robert Barber
  • Alex Hope Parents and Neighbours
  • WGSS – Students and Green Team
  • Shannon Langeman
  • Jade Gu

Learn more about recycling

 

Members of the Live in Langley Chinese Association cleaned up in the area of Willoughby Community Park.

People with the Stepping Stone Community Services Society took part in the Township clean up.

Just Posted

$18 million Aldergrove amenity seen as unfair for other Township communities

An unanimous council voted in favour of Councillor Eric Woodward’s policy to provide downtown Aldergrove with more resources.

Neighbour recounts ‘fifteen minutes of insanity’ after deck collapses at Aldergrove wedding

Local resident Charles Ford ran over to the dozens wounded, along with many other neighbours

High school mechanics get ‘huge head start’

The ACSS apprentices will showcase their work at this year’s Country Car Show in Aldergrove.

Wagner Hills brotherhood celebrates Easter hope

Five churches collaborated on Good Friday this year to present Stations of the Cross.

Langley pedophile wins appeal after violating court order

Kelly Glen Isbister’s sentence was cut by the BC Court of Appeal

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Loud jets from Abbotsford are annoying residents of tiny U.S. town

Flights out of Abbotsford airport turn over border town and annoy residents, Sumas mayor says

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

VIDEO: Spiderman-clad Lamborghini makes pit stop in Abbotsford ahead of Avengers premiere

Highstreet Shopping Centre displaying unique car during Friday’s opening of Marvel movie

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Most Read