Frustrated with the amount of garbage along the sides of the highway and your streets? What can be done about the garbage dumped in our woods or washing up on beaches?
Sooke Transition Towns Society is hosting a Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration. As part of that they are looking to coordinate a region wide clean-up on April 14th. The intent is for this to be a friendly competition between communities and prizes will be awarded.
Key to this endeavour is finding coordinators and teams in each community: Beecher Bay, East Sooke, District of Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River, Port Renfrew and Pacheedaht. A rating scale is being developed in order to balance the scales between bigger and smaller communities, as well as areas we know will have more garbage or less.
“I recently picked up and sorted one small bush garbage dumping” says coordinator Marlene Barry. “It contained 26 batteries and a bag of old medicines and creams! It consisted of about two gallons of actual garbage, the rest was reusable or recyclable.”
Barry managed to find ID and contacted the CRD Bylaw Officer who is pursuing the matter. The big challenge is that unless you see someone dumping, or the person admits that it their stuff, it is hard to make a charge stick.
“We need to change that somehow,” Barry states.
If you would like to see a major clean up happen in your community, please contact Marlene Barry, Sooke Region Earth Day Coordinator at 250-884-9955 or email email@example.com. You can also find us on Facebook or make comments on our Blogspot or our website.
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