Members of the Alberni Valley Curling Club spent some time on April 20 cleaning up around the curling rink as part of Earth Day and Pitch-In Week activities.
The club was one of numerous entities that held cleanups for Earth Day, like the Rotary Club of Port Alberni on Saturday, April 23. Mosaic Forest Management joined with KNK Ventures to hold a cleanup on Shoemaker Bay Road near the Sproat Yard.
The Rotary Club enlisted individuals and service groups to clean various areas of the Alberni Valley and bring their collected trash to the parking lot in front of Scotiabank, where they had a large container available.
Mosaic Management was primarily looking for illegal dump sites on their property.
“Illegal dumping on Mosaic lands significantly impacts forest health and our decisions around developing recreational opportunities on our private forest lands,” said Mosaic Director of Sustainability, Molly Hudson. “We’re grateful to the many volunteers who show their support for clean outdoor spaces on Earth Day and every day.”
Even though most visitors value their access to the forests and respect the environment, illegal dumping continues to be a significant problem. It costs Mosaic close to $100,000 every year to recover everything from illegally dumped cars to mattresses, money that could be better spent on expanding recreational activities on our private land. Mosaic has committed to reinvesting any savings in illegal dumping costs in 2022 compared to 2021 into community environmental programs.”