Weekly Feature

2018-04-11 / Editorial

Spring cleaning awaits in yards and communities

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.

Following last week’s windstorm and the rain forecast this week, residents may have debris in their yards that needs to be picked up by town crews. We want to remind residents and property owners that, according to the Highway Department, the materials must be properly bundled for pickup. Additionally, the Highway Department scheduled its annual spring brush pickup to begin Monday, May 21.

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.

With Earth Day set for Sunday, April 22, it provides an opportunity for members of the community to join together and volunteer for a special cleanup project.

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 2,000 volunteers signed up to help clean up shorelines in Niagara and Erie counties and collected more than 16 tons of litter.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 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 some of the Sweep locations have the maximum amount of volunteers needed, spots are still available at many areas, including in Amherst and other Northtowns.

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

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