Weekly Feature

2017-04-19 / Editorial

Cleanup projects are a rite of spring

Bee Editorial

Every year in the spring, it is almost a certainty that there is yardwork and cleaning to accomplish before we can enjoy summer.

We’d also like to remind residents that yard compost materials are now being accepted for pickup as part of refuse on residents’ regular trash day. According to the Highway Department, the material must be properly bundled for pickup. In addition, the town’s annual spring brush pickup will begin Monday, May 22.

Pickup will follow the same weekly schedule as residents’ refuse pickup regarding the day of the week. Highway Department officials added, though, that it may take approximately two to three weeks for employees to complete the pickup throughout the town. Leaves, small trimmings and other yard waste should be put in containers, paper yard waste bags or bundled for collection by Modern Corporation on a weekly basis. The Highway Department will not pick up these materials during this spring brush pickup.

Also each spring, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper coordinates its Spring Shoreline Sweep, the largest single-day shoreline cleanup in Western New York. Targeting shoreline sites, hundreds of volunteers come out to engage in direct resident action that makes our community a better place and reconnects the public with our region’s most valued asset: water. The organization does this by cleaning up pollution from our waterways, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, and enhancing public access through greenways that expand parks and open space.

Last April, more than 1,500 volunteers signed up to help clean up shorelines in Niagara and Erie counties and collected more than 11 tons of litter.

On Saturday, April 22, volunteers will be at the University at Buffalo’s bicycle path, Amherst State Park, Ellicott Creek Park and other area locations as part of the organization’s beautification efforts.

While many of the Sweep locations have the maximum amount of volunteers needed, spots are still available at several areas, including for cleanups along Scajaquada Creek.

For more information about the organization, visit its website at www.bnriverkeeper.org.

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