Coun­cil calls com­mu­nity to help clean

The Queens County Advance - - COMMUNITY - By Aethne Hinch­liffe

This year, the Re­gion of Queens is call­ing on com­mu­nity mem­bers to help with its an­nual Earth Week cleanup.

The Re­gion of Queens coun­cil is set to clean Beach Mead­ows on April 23. The rain date is slated for April 24. Earth Week in Canada is from April 18 to 26.

Scott Leblanc, solid waste op­er­a­tions fore­man for the Re­gion of Queens, says the cleanup has been hap­pen­ing long be­fore he was there.

Each year, the cleanup is in var­i­ous places. It’s been on Old Port Mou­ton Road and at White Point among oth­ers. Last year there was no cleanup be­cause of the weather, says Leblanc.

Coun­cil de­bated where to do the cleanup and chose Beach Mead­ows to com­pare it to two years ago. Ac­cord­ing to some coun­cil mem­bers, the area has got­ten worse since the last time coun­cil was there.

Leblanc says two years ago, 1,900 kilo­grams of waste was hauled away.

“We had scrap-me­tal deal­ers there to col­lect met­als. We found lob­ster traps. We found ev­ery­thing,” he says. “We found things we haven’t seen for years.”

Leblanc says he thinks it’s a good idea hav­ing peo­ple in the com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pate. He says two or three peo­ple helped the last time the re­gion cleaned Beach Mead­ows.

“It makes it more ef­fort,” he says.

Any­one look­ing for more in­for­ma­tion about Earth Week or the cleanup may call the Re­gion of Queens Mu­nic­i­pal­ity at 902354-3453.

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