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Friday, April 21, 2017

Orillia To Get A Spring Cleaning

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

Earth Day is Saturday and volunteers will scour the City picking up trash and debris

Earth Day is on Saturday and the City of Orillia is going get a spring cleaning.

Volunteers will pick up trash and debris found on walking trails, streets, sidewalks, boulevards, and in city parks.

Environmental Advisory Committee spokesman Bob Bowles says he launched the clean-up effort 18 years ago, and at the time,  they only tackled the walking trails, but it has expanded since then.

The removal of garbage is all part of Pitch-In Week.

Anyone interested in taking part should gather at Veteran's Park at 8:30 a.m., and teams will be sent to designated areas of the City, with the event winding down with a pizza lunch at noon.

Bowles says participants are really surprised by what people will discard, such as baby carriages, shopping carts and old car parts.

He says it is disheartening, but volunteers come back with a real sense of accomplishment.

Garbage bags and gloves are supplied.

Bowles say anything that can be recycled will be.

The trash is sent to the landfill using City waste trucks, and it's not unheard of to fill six or seven truckloads of garbage.

Register as a volunteer:

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