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Lower Mainland Green Team calls for litter cleanup volunteers this July

The cleanup will take place at Bonsor recreation complex on Saturday, July 29, for community members interested in making a positive environmental impact.
Community cleanup: LMGT is calling for volunteers for July litter clean up in Burnaby’s Bonsor complex on July 29. Photo Lower Mainland Green Team

If you think your neighbourhood is looking a little cleaner of late, you might have some community members to thank.

After a series of community cleanup events that kicked off earlier in the spring and carried on into the summer, the Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT) and the City of Burnaby are partnering up for another litter cleanup at the end of this month.

On Saturday, July 29, the Green Team is calling on volunteers to join the cleanup around Bonsor Recreation complex from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In an email to the NOW, Ashton Kerr, program manager of LMGT, said the last litter cleanup in Burnaby on June 24 broke their personal record and became the largest litter cleanup organized by the Green Team — with 74 volunteers of all ages turning up.

They included families with young children, high school and university students, newcomers, working professionals and retirees, the statement noted. And it was approximately 50 per cent of the volunteers’ first time participating in a litter cleanup, she added.

Kerr hopes the record could be broken on the July 29 cleanup day, with more participants registering and volunteering.

People of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to volunteer.

The goal is to care for our community and nature, and ensure litter stays out of ecosystems and waterways, while also socializing in the outdoors.

The event is rain or shine, and gloves, tools, safety vests, supplies, educational instruction and refreshments will be provided.

Interested folks can sign up directly on their Meetup Page or by emailing [email protected].

Volunteers at the event will also receive a token of appreciation from a sustainable business.

Following the July event, the group will be inviting community members to attend two more litter cleanups in the city: on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Edmonds Community Centre and Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Eileen Dailly Pool and Fitness Centre.

July litter cleanup

When: Saturday, July 29 from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Bonsor recreation complex; meet at the southwest parking lot.

Cost: Free; register here