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Time to 'Clean Up' Our Town

Another great turnout of volunteers is hoped for in Aldergrove during the Clean Up Langley event in May. - Submitted photo
Another great turnout of volunteers is hoped for in Aldergrove during the Clean Up Langley event in May.
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Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Just gather your family and friends, pick your favourite neighbourhood, and help Clean Up Langley on Saturday, May 10.

Now in its third year, Clean Up Langley is a community-wide clean-up event that targets various neighbourhoods with the goal of making the Township an even more beautiful place to live.

Running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., businesses, community groups, families, and individuals are invited to spend anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours collecting litter and other waste.

“Earth Day doesn’t have to end on April 22,” said Tess White, solid waste coordinator with the Township of Langley. “We’re hoping that more and more residents will see the benefit in volunteering their time so that our community can really sparkle and shine.”

Last year, more than 300 people braved the rain and formed 15 groups to clean up the community. Thanks to their efforts, more than one tonne of garbage was cleared away, along with large items including concrete blocks, rebar, mattresses, propane tanks, an old barbecue, cans of paint, rusty barrels, and tires.

This year, the event was put back a couple of weeks in the hopes of better weather, but the event will be held rain or shine. Registrants can choose to join an existing large group or head out with their own group, armed with supplies provided by the Township of Langley.

Individuals can do the work on their own or join a group in the five communities of Aldergrove, Murrayville, Willoughby, Walnut Grove and Fort Langley (meeting start times and locations will be announced shortly).

Clean Up Langley is presented by the Township’s Adopt-A-Program, which encourages residents, schools, organizations, and businesses to help keep local streets, streams, trails, and parks clean.

“We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place, and it is up to all of us to take care of it,” said Township Mayor Jack Froese. “Clean Up Langley Day is a great opportunity to enhance the environment and get to know other caring people in your community. It makes a big difference and is a lot of fun, so we encourage people of all ages to do what they can.”

To take part, visit tol.ca/events by Thursday, May 1 to sign up and receive your Clean Up supplies.

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