Langley encouraged to make clean sweep

There are two upcoming programs to help people tidy up.

Langley Township has a hazardous household materials disposal event and starting this year Langley City residents can take part as well.

Residents have the opportunity to drop off hazardous waste items, small appliances, and more Oct. 17 and 18 at the Township Operations Centre, 4700 224th St.

Collection starts at 8:30 a.m. both days and runs until 4 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on the Sunday.

There’s a list of accepted materials that includes household chemicals (bleach, toilet bowl cleaner, oven cleaner, etc.), shop items like furniture stripper, paint and thinners/solvents as well as items like burned out fluorescent tubes and bulbs, electronics, empty propane tanks, batteries, and antifreeze.

People can also turn in small appliances, smoke detectors, mercury thermostats and other household items.

Proof of residency is required in either the Township or the City in order to drop off items and people can only drop off household quantities.

Industrial or business quantities must have other arrangements.

This two-day event does not include items that are part of normal curbside recycling and greenwaste programs by the Township or City.

Those unable to get their items to the event can find out how to recycle or dispose of them.

Check out the Recycling Council of B.C. website at rcbc.ca/recyclepedia or call the Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).

Neighbourhood tidy

The leaves are changing colours, a chill is in the air – fall is here and it is the perfect time to pitch in and clean up around the neighbourhood.

Langley Township’sfourth annual Fall Clean Up Langley Days will be held on Friday, Oct. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Everyone has been very enthusiastic, so this time we are holding the event over two days. We hope also having it on a Friday will give businesses and schools a better opportunity and more convenient time to participate. All volunteers are welcome to sign up for either day,” said Amanda Connolly of the Township’s Strategic Initiatives Department.

This is the second event to be held this year, following an April 25 cleanup that saw 200 dedicated volunteers collect close to two tonnes of waste – the largest turn-out and most amount of material collected in the event’s history.

Providing an additional Clean Up Langley Day event is also part of a new Litter and Illegal Waste Management Strategy that was adopted by Township council this spring.

“The Township of Langley is a great place to live and people take a lot of pride in their community,” said Tanya Drouillard of the Township’s Strategic Initiatives Department. “We are trying to find ways to keep Langley clean and beautiful, and for residents to get involved in that process. The strategy is based on education, infrastructure, and enforcement, and awareness plays a major role in that approach.”

The Litter and Illegal Waste Management Strategy recommends holding Clean Up Langley Days twice a year, to beautify the Township in conjunction with Earth Day in the spring, and again during Waste Reduction Week in October.

Businesses, schools, community groups, families and individuals who would like to pitch in and help out this fall can register online at tol.ca/adopt, or contact Amanda Connolly at 604-532-7300 or email adopt@tol.ca.

Cleanups will be held throughout the municipality and everyone who joins in will be provided with gloves, safety vests, garbage pickers, and garbage bags. Participants can choose to work in specific neighbourhoods and can organize a cleanup of their own or join an existing work group.

Garbage collected will be picked up and disposed of by Sierra Waste Services Ltd.

 

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