Residents of the Comox Valley can take a bow, for a clean-up job well done.
The Comox Valley Community Clean-up was held Saturday, and efforts were made throughout the Valley to help re-beautify our community.
The main clean-up was done on the back roads of the Valley, along Comox Lake Road, where 30 volunteers, recruited through the Record’s Comox Valley Community Clean-up initiative, joined forces with 40 members of the Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association to collect garbage from the roadsides.
Everything from couches to car engines was pulled from the bushes, gutters and ravines – all illegally dumped items.
But that was far from the only active group on the day.
One clean-up crew worked the sides of the road along Highway 19A at Union Bay. Another cleared the ravine on Curtis Road of nearly 500 pounds of trash.
In all, nearly 16,000 pounds of illegally discarded trash was collected and transported to the Waste Management Centre. A salute goes out to Bruce Henderson, owner of J.R. Edgett Excavating Ltd., who donated use of a dump truck and backhoe to pick up heavy and large items; thanks as well to driver Doug Etherington and operator Stuart Moncrief.
Dim’s Bins was also integral to the clean-up, supplying a large walk-in waste bin to save trips to the landfill.
The Comox Valley Waste Management Centre kept costs at a minimum with the gracious waiving of tipping fees for the day, and Stephanie Valdal of the Comox Valley Regional District made the paperwork for said waivers a breeze.
Also a big thanks to Grains, for enough muffins to feed a small army – a small army of caring volunteers.