Go Clean, Get Green campaign kicks off

Amanda Jess, The News
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STELLARTON – Pictou County preschoolers are receiving messages of the importance of recycling and respecting the earth early.

The Kinder Kids class from the NSCC Pictou campus, as well as local students, the Summer Street Signers and municipal leaders, were on hand during the 2014 launch of the Go Clean Get Green litter campaign on Friday afternoon.

“We are particularly excited to see some younger members of our community in the audience today as these folks represent the up and coming stewards of our communities and our planet,” Jim Shaw, founder of GCGG, said during his remarks.

The program, which has been running for more than a decade, is again timed around Earth Day on April 22.

On April 25, businesses and students are encouraged to clean up their property and any others within a 100-foot radius, while April 26 is designated community cleanup day.

Citizens are asked to register at gocleangetgreen.ca and clean up an area of their town, municipality or neighbourhood.

There are several drop-off locations for waste from either cleanup day, including the John Brother MacDonald Stadium, the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the parking lot behind the town office in Stellarton, Trenton Rink, the Westville town office parking lot, Hector Arena, the Little Harbour Fire Department, the Merigomish Fire Department, the Alma Fire Department and the Scotsburn Elementary parking lot.

They hope to have 5,000 registered participants and are offering prizes for the first 850 that sign up.

Shaw said the program plays a role in the county’s economic prosperity.

“Clean communities matter and play an important role in both the retention and attraction of businesses, residents, employees, employers and retirees. As a business person, I am keenly aware that people have choices, we all have competitors in businesses, and if we don’t do everything we can to meet the expectations of our customers each and every day, we know that they may decide to try out the competition,” he said. “It’s the same with our communities – people have choices as to where they wish to live, to work, to play, or to stay.” 

Trenton Mayor Glen MacKinnon echoed a similar message, stating that we’re all responsible for looking after the environment and teaching the importance to the next generation.

“Whose hands is that in? That’s in all our hands. More importantly, it’s in these kids hands, sitting right here,” he said about the listening preschoolers and students.

Volunteers are invited to a free barbeque at the Wellness Centre, following the clean-up on Saturday from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Pictou County Wellness Centre, Little Harbour Fire Department, Merigomish Fire Department Alma Fire Department

Geographic location: STELLARTON, Pictou County, Westville Trenton

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