Mark your calendars – it is time for the 2017 Great Islands Clean-Up, the annual county-wide greening event where volunteers collect litter from public beaches and roadways.
This year, the clean-up will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.
During last year’s event, approximately 450 islanders collected almost 5000 pounds of litter. And things looked pretty spiffy! But sadly, sometimes our refuse continues to end up as litter. Thoughtless tossing of bottles, cans, food wrappers, or cigarette butts; accidental “blowing away” of debris from unsecured loads on boats and trucks; or deliberate dumping of tires, etc., all contribute to the need to make litter pick-up an ongoing effort.
Want to help on Orcas Island? For roads or beaches, contact Pete Moe at Orcas Recycling Services (376-4089 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bags, grabbers, safety vests and latex gloves will be available the day of the event. Safety signage will be in place. Pick-up of collected litter will be at various places; check with your island’s organizer for that information.
Please connect with your business, school, non-profit, service or neighborhood groups, family and friends and volunteer to help. Join a group that has already been formed, or organize a group of your own!
Visit the Great Islands Clean-Up Facebook page to learn more about the clean-up or get information about volunteering on San Juan, Lopez, or Shaw.