More than 60 community members worked together at the Whitby Chamber of Commerce’s second Lynde Creek Spring Cleanup on June 1. Sponsored by Skyview Electronics, the event kicked off in Brooklin Kinsmen Park with lunch provided by Pita Pit Whitby. After a review of safety rules from Christine Ball, Executive Director of partnering organizer EcoBusiness Network, participants split up into groups armed with gloves, water and plastic bags to pick up litter along Lynde Creek between Carnwith Drive and Columbus Road.
Durham First Aid was on hand with a supply of band aids and polysporin, keeping any minor scrapes clean and covered. Also helping out was EV Fern, providing solar powered battery to run the audio equipment and the Town of Whitby by providing the cleanup supplies. This year, community members could also drop off electronic waste such as keyboards, laptops, cellphones and batteries for proper disposal by ANJ Recycling. Special thanks go out to the many local businesses that donated prizes, Taste of Nature for providing a healthy snack, and UPak for removing the garbage.
This event was registered as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a national conservation initiative that has collected 48,466 kg of litter on 1,662 km of Canadian shoreline in 2018 so far. All garbage collected during this event was diverted from landfills.