Oshawa pitches in

RECYLING:  Jessey Adhikary, a second-year UOIT student in the electrical engineering program, does his part to recycle.
RECYLING: Jessey Adhikary, a second-year UOIT student in the electrical engineering program, does his part to recycle.

Reporter: Sadia Badhon

With spring right around the corner, it’s time to do some cleaning, and how better to do it than with the whole community.
Oshawa has joined Pitch-In Canada to clean up the community from April 20 to 26. Pitch-In is a national program to improve the environment and communities.
According to Bob Chapman, regional city councillor who has been directly involved with the project for four years, Pitch-In is all about making the city look nice and enhancing pride in the community.
Snow covers up a lot of garbage over the winter, and as the snow melts, the garbage starts to show. “Unfortunately, people still litter a lot,” he said. “As the thaw comes it starts being seen and everything looks messy and untidy and this year is going to be even worse because of the ice storm.”
Pitch-In is the big start to make the city look nicer for the summer by cleaning up neighbourhoods and other areas like parks, walkways and trails.
Those who want to be involved are provided with free gloves and bags. Extra trucks sent will be sent out to pick up the garbage collected. There is also assistance available in organizing groups, large or small, and finding areas to clean.
The Pitch-In efforts last year were bigger than the year before and generally 150 to 200 sites get cleaned up around the city.
“We want to do it every year I think it’s important that it gets done every spring,” he said.
If you want to get involved or learn more, visit www.oshawa.ca.

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