May 12, 2022
By Mike Rilethere
Journalist of the Local Journalism Initiative
According to a post on the Township of South Algonquin’s Facebook page and the township’s website, they are participating in the Trash Day of Action on May 10. In addition, the Town of Bancroft and several other surrounding townships also participated in this important provincial day initiative to reduce waste in our communities which has been in place for two years.
The first Day of Action on Waste took place in May 2020 and is celebrated annually on the second Tuesday of May. Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister Jeff Yurek and the Minister’s Parliamentary Assistant Andrea Khanjin said at the time that while the province and the world were currently grappling with COVID-19, no one should not lose sight of the protection of the environment by ensuring that we do not throw away waste, choose products with the least packaging that will have to be thrown away as much as possible and that we clean up the rubbish as much as possible.
“When the time is right, our government will work with communities and our partners to organize litter pick-up days across the province. We know Ontarians are eager to get back outdoors and it will be a great opportunity to reconnect with nature. Provincial Day of Action on Trash reminds us of the importance of our green spaces and the role we all play in maintaining a cleaner, healthier Ontario for our communities and loved ones, now and for future generations. they said in their 2020 statement.
Bancroft Town Chief Executive Andra Kauffelt told the Bancroft Times on May 5 that staff and council members will actively participate in the Day of Action on Trash on May 10.
“We will be scouring our way through downtown, parks and side streets with rakes, brooms, bags and gloves to pick up litter, on the morning of May 10, to do our part to keep our city safe. and our little piece of this beautiful world. We encourage every visitor, resident and business to get involved and do what they can to protect our environment and our future, one decision and one action at a time,” she says.
Nancy Carrol, clerk and treasurer of Tudor and Cashel, said as of May 5, there is no plan for the municipality for May 10.
“I imagine we’ll push on our Facebook page to encourage the community to pick up litter along their roadside, or as they walk to pick up a bag for collection,” she says.
Victoria Tisdale, Clerk and Treasurer of Limerick, said on May 5 that they were undergoing major renovations to their civic office and were just trying to get by over the past few weeks so did not much planned for May 10.
“However, I would be very happy to post a notice on the Facebook page and hopefully involve the community in cleaning up our roads. There are a few residents in the community who actively walk and clean up roadside litter throughout the summer months,” she says.
Hastings Highlands had its annual Earth Day litter cleanup on April 24, but they also do a roadside cleanup from May 2 to May 13. On a May 4 post on their Facebook page, they announced it with instructions on how residents can fully participate. Clerk Suzanne Huschilt says they decided to do the initiative at their February 16 waste management committee meeting, to recognize the province’s day of action on May 10 litter day. Mayor Tracy Hagar also confirmed the two-week initiative.
“We encourage people across the municipality to do outdoor cleanups, take photos and share on our page for Hastings Highlands.”
Bonny McCleery Scanlan, the environmental coordinator for the Lake St. Peter Property Owners’ Association, cleaned up trash along Highway 127 with her husband Tom and several other SPSPOA members as part of their trash cleanup efforts, and says it continues to be very disappointing that they still have to do it every year.
“Why do people think it’s okay to throw their trash out the window? ” she says.
McCleery Scanlan notes that most of the trash they picked up includes Tim Horton coffee mugs, plastic water bottles and other plastic bottles with other beverages in them, beer cans and cigarette butts. cigarettes.
“It’s the cigarette butts that worry me the most. I’m pretty sure they’re hot embers when thrown out the window and it doesn’t take much to start a fire and get it out of control. Moreover, it is the elderly who go up and down the ditches,” she says. “It took about two and a half hours for our one kilometer stretch on either side of the road. Stop littering!”