Town leaders and staff pitch in to clean community
Staff, officials collect 20 bags of trash in 30 minutes
Members of Town Council and administration from the Town of Stony Plain took a break from their usual work environments on Apr. 28 to embark on a massive spring cleaning expedition to beautify the community.
The initiative was part of Operation: Clean Sweep - the theme of the 45th annual Pitch-In Canada Week (Apr. 18-24, 2011).
This is the eleventh consecutive year the Town has participated in this event.
“We are proud of our beautiful town, and we intend to keep it beautiful,” says Ken Lemke, mayor of the Town of Stony Plain, who issued an official proclamation of the week-long event on Apr. 15.
“By participating in this spring clean-up, we promote and encourage citizens to maintain an attractive, clean and beautiful community – not only for themselves, but as one we can proudly showcase to visitors, too.”
Town participants met at Shikaoi Park at 11:30 a.m., where they were divided into groups. The teams focused on several key areas of the community, picking up garbage from town streets and alleyways. Combined, the groups collected a whopping 20 full bags of trash within only 30 minutes. Following the half-hour mission, the groups gathered at the Stony Plain Youth Centre (SPYC) for a lunch - prepared, served and sponsored by SPYC staff and students.
Dan Badry, the Town’s fire chief, together with a cluster of local firefighters, got a head-start on the cleaning project, collecting trash from the park, pathway and ditches near the fire hall on Apr. 23.
The Town’s participation in Pitch-In Canada demonstrates its commitment to environmental responsibility, by protecting its natural resources and promoting responsible consumption patterns that encourage living within our ecological limits. Environmental Responsibility is one of the four core values of the Community Sustainability Plan, which governs how the Town of Stony Plain conducts business.
About Pitch-In Canada Week
Pitch-in Canada is the largest environmental improvement campaign in the nation. A partnership between governments, the media, industry and the public, the annual initiative involves more than 3.5 million registered volunteers who participate in a wide range of clean-up projects and activities each year. Annual campaign results are incorporated in the world-wide Clean-Up the World statistics. Pitch-In Canada Week, co-founded by Pitch-In Canada, was started in 1990 and is supported by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
About Pitch-In Canada
Founded in 1967, Pitch-In Canada is a national non-profit organization that was started by volunteers concerned about the proliferation of packaging and its effects on land and marine environments, The organizers recognized that personal action, with assistance from - but not dependent on - governments and other stakeholders was needed to conserve, enhance and protect the environment and to reduce and reuse waste.
Today, Pitch-In Canada involves millions of volunteers in various action programs, from initiating recycling and composting programs to cleaning up and beautifying streams, wilderness and urban areas (Source: www.pitch-in.ca).