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Township annual Clean Up event on Saturday, April 13
Annual Clean Up event in Langley Township takes place Saturday, April 13. (Langley Advance Times files)

Clean up, clean up, everybody do their share; clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere!

It’s that time of year where community members in Langley come together to clean up littered cans, bottles, wrappers, dog poo bags, and other types of garbage found along streets and trails to keep Langley Township litter-free.

This year there are 10 registered community events that people can choose from to join on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One event is hosted by Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society in partnership with the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) in Aldergrove.

This clean up event starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of 265a Street and Fraser Highway.

The clean up path will following the park on Fraser Highway and up to Vanetta Park, where Bertrand Creek crosses 32nd Avenue, explained Lisa Dreves, stewardship programs coordinator with LEPS.

She’s hoping for around 15 people to join the event, and said supplies will be provided by the Township and LEPS, such as bags, pickers, and gloves.

“Folks can bring their own too. We find smaller kids do really well with kitchen tongs,” she suggested, noting a cheap pair will do since the tongs will be used for garbage pick up.

Dreves said cleaning up the community is important because garbage can harm wildlife, pets, and people.

“There are medicines that aren’t disposed of properly, there are sharp edges on broken glass and rusting metal, plants can be damaged and smothered, toxins can be released into groundwater,” Dreves said.

She added that plastic in particular is a large issue, because wildlife eats it or get stuck in it.

“Garbage dumped in Aldergrove and other communities impacts those communities downstream, all the way to the ocean,” she noted.

Other registered events are:

- Brookswood: Langley Elks #259 will meet at 9:30 a.m. at 4044 200b St.

- Fort Langley: Omni Kitchen & Bar will meet at 10 a.m. in front of the restaurant at 9044 Glover Rd.

- Fort Langley: Rotary Sunrise Club will meet at 9 a.m. on the corner of 96th Avenue and McKinnon Crescent.

- Walnut Grove: the community park clean up will meet at 10 a.m. at the Walnut Grove Community Park on 89th Avenue and Walnut Grove Drive.

- Walnut Grove: Starbucks is hosting a clean up at 9 a.m. at 8840 210th St.

- Willoughby: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is meeting at 9 a.m. at 20370 82nd Ave.

- Willoughby: Langley Hongkonger Neighbourhood Society Clean Up is meeting at 10 a.m. at Yorkson Community Park at 2059 84th Ave.

- Willoughby: Langley Meadows Community Association is meeting at 9 a.m. at the elementary school at 2244 Willoughby Way.

- Willowbrook: Strong Towns Langley is meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Smart Centres Langley at 20202 66th Ave.

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