The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of Nature Sites in Oakville
on Saturday, April 22, 2017 was organized by the:
Oakville Community Centre
for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR)
P.O. Box 52007, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5
(905) 849-5501, email@example.com
MEDIA RELEASE (for immediate publication)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
26TH ANNUAL EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP A RECORD SUCCESS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017
“The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of nature sites in Oakville on Saturday, April 22 was a great success,” said Stephen Dankowich, executive director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.
“The cool, dry but sunny morning was perfect weather for a Clean Up and the community responded by coming out in big numbers to support the annual litter pick-up,” he stated.
“There was a record 51 nature sites cleaned up by 1,162 volunteers. Coordinators did a fantastic job in heading up the clean up in their neighbourhood, distributing bags and gloves and directing volunteers to nature areas needing our attention,” he remarked.
“The total weight of all garbage removed was 5,050 kilograms including 750 kilograms of metal as reported by LK Trucking, an independent trucking firm hired by Halton Region Waste Management to haul away all garbage collected.
“North Oakville hosted 36 locations including 17 in northwest Oakville, 9 in north central Oakville and 10 in northeast Oakville and South Oakville hosted 15 locations with southwest Oakville. In south Oakville, there were 8 sites in the southwest, 5 in south central and only 2 in southeast Oakville including Clearview Park which is having its clean up this Saturday, April 29,” he noted.
“Nineteen organizations staffed a location. Resident associations included West River, Bronte Creek, Bronte Village and Clearview. Environmentalists included Change by YOUth, the South Peel Naturalists Club and the Friends of Bronte Creek Park. Governmental representatives included Ward 3 Councillor Tom Adams, School Trustee Tracey Ehl, Team Kevin Flynn (MPP Oakville) and the Oakville Museum. Other coordinators included the Trafalgar Presbyterian Church, Al Falah Islamic Centre at two sites, Remax realtor Paul Butler at two sites, Pace Team with Century 21, Charterability.com, the 36th Guides of Oakville, the Social Committee for 2300 Upper Middle Road’s residents and the Oakville Chinese Seniors 99 Association. The 30th Oakville Brownies cleaned up at Bronte and Lakeshore Roads earlier in the week. The remaining thirty sites were staffed by volunteers with the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights,” he stated.
“The event was sponsored by the Town of Oakville’s Parks and Open Space Department and sixty-five community organizations and their support allows this campaign to flourish,” he said.
“The annual Clean Up encourages people to take care of their own neighbourhood and it has contributed to building community by bringing neighbours together. In addition, it saves tens of thousands of dollars a year for the local taxpayer and significantly boosts property values,” he stated.
“The Clean Up campaign promotes awareness and respect for biodiversity, local nature and our trails, parks and waterways. We are beautifying the local natural environment, protecting wildlife and benefiting people’s health while doing our best to encourage environmental activism in our schools and throughout our community,” he concluded.