Update April 26: Unfortunately, due to an insufficient number of volunteers this cleanup has had to be cancelled. A word from the organizers:
Not sure of the reason, we all have busy lives and lots of commitments, perhaps the timing just isn’t right, or maybe we need more lead-up time.
It just doesn’t make sense to hire Sooke Disposal to drop bins in various locations; try and find volunteers to staff the bins to ensure that banned items do not go in it them with so little commitment at this time.
I encourage those of you who still wish to do your part to go ahead on your own, being mindful of the safety of yourself and others, especially near roadways.
For those of you that happen to use Instagram, there is apparently something called #TrashTag that is going around the world right now. Take a picture of an area with all kinds of trash, and take a picture after you have cleaned it up with yourself and the pile and post it on Instagram or share it on the Zero Waste Sooke Facebook page.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE (Now outdated):
Well, it’s happening again!
Volunteers with ZeroWaste Sooke are gearing up to orchestrate the second Sooke Region-wide clean up as an “Earth Day” Activity. Like last year, this clean up won’t fall on the actual Earth Day, it is being planned for the weekend of April 27th & 28th.
“Last year we had participation from six of the nine communities that make up the Sooke Region,” says coordinator Wendy O’Connor. “The result was amazing, especially since it was our first attempt at reaching out so far. It was a lot of work, combined with the Planet Earth Party celebration so we are keeping it simple this year.”
Last year, recycling and garbage bins were placed in East Sooke, Sooke and Otter Point. Shirley Community and Pacheedaht Nation both joined in too late to have bins delivered there. All in all, over 150 garbage and recycling bags (six large metal bins) were filled up in one day!
ZeroWaste organizers will be reaching out to the people who participated last year and are keen to have even more involvement.
Learning from last year’s process, each set of bins will need an attendant and will be locked when not attended. Last year people dumped illegal materials in some of the bins and volunteers had to later climb into the bins to remove them. Also, lots of material that belonged in the recycling bins ended up in the garbage bin and subsequently in the landfill. With attendants on hand, this hopefully won’t happen again.
Gloves, reflective vests and garbage bags will be provided to registered teams.
If you want to get involved in the coordinating for your community or neighbourhood, please register with Wendy O’Connor, Coordinator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-361-6965.
- Happy (2018) Earth Day Sooke!
- Planet Earth Party: A 2018 guide to your Sooke region Earth Day celebrations
- Sooke region preps for Earth Day 2018 with a Communities Clean-up Contest, April 14
Last year, in photos