Spring-cleaning Squamish: Annual Pitch-In Week returns April 22-29

Gather a group, get outside and “pitch-in” to do your part when Canada’s largest environmental improvement campaign, Pitch-In Week, gets underway from April 22-29, 2017. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the nationwide initiative.

More than 1175 Squamish volunteers have registered to take part in the week-long campaign which aims to clean-up and restore the environment by removing litter and other garbage from urban, rural and wilderness areas. 

“Pitch-In Week is an opportunity for every Squamish resident to do something small that will collectively have a big impact,” says District of Squamish Mayor Patricia Heintzman. “We can all as individuals make a difference and together demonstrate how much we care about our community and our incredible natural environment. We are proud to join thousands of communities and groups across the country for this important environmental initiative.”

Residents are invited to take part in these Pitch-In Week events:

  • Community Cleanup Days – Groups and individuals are encouraged to register for a cleanup of a particular street or area of choice. All registered groups receive gloves and bags, as well as full support as necessary from the District Operations team, including a tipping fee waiver for the Squamish Landfill. Groups of neighbours, friends, family members and community or sports groups are encouraged to ‘adopt’ a street or area and tackle it together. Visit our Pitch-In Week registration page to register.
  • Fastest Picker Contest – District of Squamish Council will go shoulder-to-shoulder against local media and Howe Sound Secondary School’s Leadership Team to secure the ultimate trophy. The one-and-only Recycleman will officiate the contest and will award the prize to the team that picks up the most garbage. The contest takes place on Thursday April 27, 11:20 a.m. at Howe Sound Secondary School
  • 20-Minute Makeover – Designed for residents who don’t have a lot of time but want to help out, the 20-Minute Makeover is a quick way to make a big impact. Residents are encouraged to head outside at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 and spend 20 minutes picking up litter in the immediate area. 

The Squamish Lillooet Regional District has issued a friendly 20-minute challenge to its member municipalities to clean up litter in their areas. Help us raise awareness by posting photos of your own cleanup efforts to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #pitchinSquamish, and tagging the friends you’d like to challenge.

For more information on Pitch-In Week and to get involved, please visit our website at http://squamish.ca/pitch-in-week.

April 21, 2017

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