Can you spare 20 minutes to clean up?

The Regional Waste Reduction Office is challenging Okanagan residents to make a difference in their community by taking part in a litter clean up campaign on April 3.

At 10 a.m., everyone is encouraged to take 20 minutes and cleanup the area around their home, business or favorite green space.

“This is the seventh annual 20 minute make over, the official kick start to Community Clean Up month which runs the entire month of April,” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart.

“The challenge is to do a little spring cleaning in your neighborhood or place of business. Pick up trash, sweep a sidewalk, bust graffiti, tackle an illegal dumpsite, the opportunities to pitch in are endless.”

The Regional Waste Reduction Office will provide free garbage bags and gloves for collecting litter and will also arrange to have the trash picked up and taken to a landfill after your clean up is complete. Graffiti busting kits are also available for pick up.

“The 20 minute factor is ideal for business people on a tight schedule, students, neighbors, community groups, and anyone with some extra elbow grease to spare,” says Stewart.

“It’s easy enough to gather a group together on your coffee break or recess for some fresh air, exercise and a little spring cleaning. It’s also a feel good thing to get involved, knowing you’ll be joining the hundreds of people across our community who are helping make a difference.”

To register your group for garbage bags and gloves, and have your collected trash picked up when the cleanup is complete, contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office.

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