The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of Nature Sites in Oakville
on Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Earth Day) from 9 am to 11 am was organized by the:
The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up was on Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Earth Day) from 9 am to 11 am.
Together, we can make a big difference for our local environment!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Here are just a few of the many highlights from the campaign:
~ We organized a new record Clean Up on Saturday, April 22!
~ There were 66 community sponsors who generously supported the campaign.
~ There was a record fifty-one locations cleaned up.
~ There was a record turnout at many of the 51 locations.
~ 1,162 people participated in the clean up across town.
~ We removed 5,050 kilograms of waste including 750 kilograms of recyclable metal.
~ Many coordinators reported that there was less garbage at their site this year and fewer larger pieces of waste to dispose of.
~ The weather was perfect being a little cool and crisp in the early morning and then warming up under sunny skies.
~ All coordinators did an exceptional job recruiting volunteers, handing out bags and gloves and directing volunteers to areas needing cleaning.
~ Panago Pizza on Cornwall Road donated 49 large pies to 7 south Oakville Clean Up sites.
~ 21 of 51 nature sites were staffed by other organizations; 4 schools sponsored the event.
Download a copy of the 2017 Earth Week Clean Up Poster
The annual Earth Week Clean Up keeps on going thanks to the support of these generous “65 Community Sponsors”:
25 Years of Sponsorship
• Appleby College
• Women of Halton Action Movement
24 Years of Sponsorship
• Budds’ Imported Cars
23 Years of Sponsorship
• Oakville Glass & Mirror
• Storwell Self Storage
21 Years of Sponsorship
• Anglican Church of the Incarnation
• Dr. Elliott Ber – Dentist
• Friends of Bronte Creek Park
• That Pie Place
• The Classic Tile Centre
• Trafalgar Presbyterian Church
20 Years of Sponsorship
• Conservation Halton
• Core 1
• Ein Stein Brew House
• Halton Region’s Public Works
• Oakville Fish and Chips
• Oakville Vacuum
• Progenic Dental Lab
• Ratelle Communications
• SAVIS: Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services of Halton
• St. Simon’s Anglican Church
19 Years of Sponsorship
• Clearview Oakville Community Alliance
• Life Source Water Systems
• Sobeys at Abbey Plaza, Bronte Village and Maple Grove Village
17 Years of Sponsorship
• Dr. Aliki Iordanidis – Dentist
16 Years of Sponsorship
• Brock’s General Contracting
• Carstar Oakville
• Our Lady of Peace Elementary School
• South Peel Naturalists’ Club
• Staples Business Depot
14 Years of Sponsorship
• Bebe Nails and Spa
• Councillor Tom Adams
• E.C.J. Cleaning Services
• Hasty Market on Upper Middle Road
• M For Men
• McTavish Travel
• Oakville Blueprinting & Copying
• Oakville Cycle and Sports
• Pitch-In Canada
• Seasons Restaurant
• Starbucks at Dorval Crossing East
• Way Cool Tattoos
13 Years of Sponsorship
• Dearcroft Montessori School
• Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home
• Remax Realtor George Kloet
• West River Residents Association
11 Years of Sponsorship
• St. Jude’s Anglican Church
• Town of Oakville – Parks and Open Space Department
9 Years of Sponsorship
• Boyle Chiropractic and Wellness Centre
8 Years of Sponsorship
• Affiliated Insurance Management
7 Years of Sponsorship
• Real Canadian Superstore
6 Years of Sponsorship
• Joshua Creek Public School
• St. Luke Elementary School
5 Years of Sponsorship
• Bronte Creek Community Residents Association
• Bronte Village Residents Association
• MPP Kevin Flynn – Oakville
• Remax Realtor Paul Butler
• West Harbour Resident’s Association
4 Years of Sponsorship
• Invision Optical
• Member of Parliament Pam Damoff
3 Years of Sponsorship
• Pace Team With Century 21
2 Years of Sponsorship
• Ehl Harrison Consulting
• Panago Pizza – South Oakville on Cornwall Road
New Sponsors in 2017
• Al Falah Islamic Centre
• Simply Green Baby
• The DAR Foundation
The locations being cleaned up include the following nature sites:
SOUTH WEST OAKVILLE (6)
Bronte Bluffs Park
Great Lakes Boulevard
Woodhaven Park and Sedgewick Forest
SOUTH CENTRAL OAKVILLE (5)
Busby Park, 16 Mile Creek under Rebecca Street Bridge, Larry Cain Trail
Hogg’s Back Park
Lakeside Park-Oakville Museum
Perkins Passage: Cornwall Road at Humane Society
SOUTH EAST OAKVILLE (2)
Clearview Park (on April 29, 2017)
NORTH WEST OAKVILLE (15)
Abbeywood Drive Trails
Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Main Entrance
Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Campgrounds
Fourth Line and Upper Middle Road
Glen Oak Creek Trail at Monastery Drive
Indian Ridge Trail at Lindsay Drive and Dorval Crossing West
Sandpiper Road at Pheasant Lane
16 Hollow Park
TD Bank at Third Line & Upper Middle
Watercliffe Court Pond
West Oak Trails Park
NORTH CENTRAL OAKVILLE (6)
Isaac Park – Dundas & 6th Line
Munns Creek Trails at Margot Street and Munn’s Avenue
River Glen Park: Shannon Creek Trail
River Oaks Blvd. west of Trafalgar Road
NORTH EAST OAKVILLE (10)
Algrove Park at White Oaks Blvd.
Bayshire Woods Park
Forest Glade Park
Glenashton Drive Bridge
Glenashton Park – Iroquois Ridge Community Centre
Pinery Park – Joshua Valley North at Arrowhead Road and Pinery Crescent
Postridge Park, pathway behind Longo’s and Cdn. Tire
The event is sponsored by the Town of Oakville’s Parks and Open Space Department which provides bags and gloves and produced a large map highlighting the 44 clean up sites and now prominently on display in municipal facilities such as libraries, recreation centres and at Town Hall.
Halton Region’s Public Works Department sponsors two garbage trucks, one to pick up metal and one to pick up garbage. Pitch-In Canada also provides bags.
Longstanding community sponsors have sustained this campaign these past twenty-six years.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF THE ANNUAL CLEAN UP
“This annual event is the largest community-wide Clean Up in Canada during Earth Week. 75,500 students and citizens have participated since 1992,” remarked Don Meade, a Board Member.
“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 noted.
“The Clean Up is a family activity that will be remembered, cherished and talked about for years to come. By participating, parents are educating their children about the importance of the natural environment in a very practical way,” said Mr. Meade.
“The Clean Up will allow everyone to enjoy garbage-free parks and trails this spring and summer. We are very grateful for the financial support of sixty-six local sponsors including a few participating schools. We encourage and need more local organizations to sponsor the event. As the environment is everyone’s responsibility, we are very pleased that so many people have volunteered to make a big difference for our local environment in Oakville over the past twenty-four years. Let’s make the 25th annual clean up our best ever,” he concluded.
HISTORY OF THE EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP
The campaign has been a real grass roots accomplishment. Citizens concerned about littering and the protection of our local natural environment became coordinators of the Clean Up in their neighbourhood.
Since 1992, there have been a total of 127 location coordinators.
Some locations lasted for only one year while others have been ongoing since the start. Many locations have had changes of coordinators with one person finding someone else to replace them and keep the clean up going in that neighbourhood. As well, many locations suspended their clean up because the coordinator reported that the clean up was so successful that their green space no longer required their annual maintenance of it. Many past coordinators moved away to another community.
Up to and including the 2015 Clean Up, we have organized a total of 611 neighbourhood clean ups. We began with one in 1992, five in 1993, six in 1994 and 1995, twelve in 1996, up to twenty-seven locations in 2002, thirty-eight sites in 2004 and a record forty-six locations cleaned up in 2013. There were 40 sites in 2014 and 42 in 2015.
Since 1992 when there were thirty volunteers cleaning up under the Bronte Road Bridge at the QEW, the campaign has involved more than 75,500 students and citizens.
Coordinators have primarily included individuals, families or groups of families working together. Over the years, other not for profit organizations have also taken a large role in participating in this community-wide effort; in 2015, sixteen local groups were involved as coordinators.
All past and present coordinators have truly made a big difference in our community. They took the bold step of becoming an organizer for the environment. As a volunteer coordinator, they became a source of inspiration for others who shared their concerns and joined in on clean up day.
Coordinators have regularly reported that their neighbourhood has become a lot cleaner and a lot more liveable thanks to the annual clean up. Many have said that they have less and less to clean up each year with the larger pieces of garbage long ago removed.
Last spring, we were very pleased that 42 nature sites were cleaned up. More than 3,900 kilograms of garbage and scrap metal were trucked away after being picked up by 1,000+ enthusiastic volunteers. Clearly, this campaign needs to continue and grow.
For more information, please contact the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights at (905) 849-5501, by e-mail at email@example.com or by writing to P.O. Box 52007, Oakville L6J 7N5.