April showers bring May flowers, and they also bring the District of West Vancouver Mayor Mary-Ann Booth’s Community Cleanup Challenge.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district has changed the annual cleanup event to a weeklong initiative from April 18 to April 24, including Earth Day on April 22.
In line with provincial health orders, Booth is calling on residents, small households, business groups, and schools to take on her challenge and “get outside and help make West Van sparkle.”
“I challenge you and your household, businesses, schools and community groups to take part in my spring cleanup challenge, collecting litter from your neighbourhood, your street, your school or local park, anytime during this weeklong event,” Booth said.
“Please be sure to maintain a safe, physical distance and wear a mask.”
Booth is also encouraging anyone who takes part to share photos on social media using the hashtag #LoveWestVan, so she can see all the wonderful work being done, as she won't be able to make it out to attend the Ambleside or Horseshoe Bay clean-ups in person because her husband is recovering from COVID-19.
"I am finishing my 14-day quarantine this Sunday," Booth said. "I’ve checked with the provincial health team and I am allowed to pick up litter in my neighbourhood while wearing a mask. I am sorry to miss seeing you all, but I thank acting mayor Soprovich and members of council for pitching in, and I look forward to seeing everyone’s photos and results!”.
Residents who want to take part in the challenge can register on the district’s website to get their free cleanup kit. The first 50 teams to register will also receive a commemorative Love West Van tote bag.
With more than 140 parks and natural areas in West Vancouver, the district is always looking for volunteers to help care for, enhance and protect green spaces.
Those who want to continue helping to keep West Van looking beautiful can also sign up to become a West Van park steward. The initiative brings passionate volunteers together to remove invasive species, enhance habitat, and restore natural areas.
How to take the Community Clean-Up challenge
- Register your team online. Look for an email from district staff with next steps.
- Pick up your Cleanup Kit containing gloves, garbage bags, and a complimentary extra garbage tag if you live in a single-family dwelling. Pick-up time and location will be determined based on registration. The first 50 teams to register will receive a commemorative Love West Van tote bag.
- Collect litter from your neighbourhood, street, school, or local park anytime between April 18 and April 24, and share your photos with #LoveWestVan and #MayorsCleanupChallenge.
- Let the district know the total weight of litter collected and receive an official certificate of participation.
- Use your complimentary extra garbage tag to set out the bag of litter you collected with your regular curbside collection. Report unsafe or large items for district staff to collect.