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Pitching in for Earth Day

Earth Day is today and there are no shortage of ways you can make the world a cleaner place.

In the Central Okanagan, residents are being encouraged to take part in a community cleanup project. The Regional Waste Reduction Office has all the gear and supplies needed to clean up your neighbourhood.

You can pick up litter, sweep a sidewalk, bust some graffiti or tackle an illegal dumpsite. And you can even arrange to have the waste picked up for you.

“It’s always inspiring to see so many people committed to making a difference,” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart.

“And it’s really encouraging to see the impact we can make in a short amount of time when we pull together with a little elbow grease and determination.”

A group of 80 kids from North Glenmore Elementary School will be heading out to do something positive for their community, says Grade 4 teacher Heather Letkeman.

“We’re studying about habitats and wanting to make sure our habitats are safe and clean, plus we want to be healthy so we’ll be getting fresh air and exercise while were contributing to a good cause.”

Some of the groups that have already done clean up’s this year include the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, Friends of Mission Creek, the Central Okanagan Naturalists Club, Friends of the South Slopes, Keen Fit Pole Walkers, the Uptown Rutland Business Association’s cleanup team, the North Westside Community Association, Interior Savings Credit Union, Inter Mountain Enterprises, Mission Creek Alliance Church, AS Matheson Elementary, Diesel Monkey Garage, Holy Spirit Church, and the Naitaka Brownies West Kelowna.

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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