By Scott Costen
A municipal program that offers financial incentives for cleaning roadside litter benefited six different community groups to the tune of $1,760 last year.
The non-profit organizations cleaned 17.6 km of roadside, receiving $100 per km to a maximum of $300 each. Participating groups and payments were as follows:
- North Queens Ground Search and Rescue ($300)
- South Shore Baptist Church ($300)
- 4 Leaf Clover 4-H Club ($300)
- South Shore Flying Club ($300)
- Port Medway Baptist Church ($300)
- Highway Pentecostal Assembly Youth Group ($260)
Council approved the Solid Waste Community Litter Collection Program in May, setting aside $3,000 for payments to participating groups. Another $2,500 was earmarked for supplies and equipment.
In an email to the Observer, Region of Queens Municipality spokeswoman Heather Cook said the latter amount is “currently in the process of being spent on litter pickers, safety vests, safety gloves, signs, automotive litter bags, garbage bags, printing supplies and sunscreen.” These items will be made available to program participants as well as the Queens Litter Abatement Group, she said.
“The program has had moderately good uptake, supporting community organizations in their efforts, and aiding in the removal of litter from the roadsides of our community,” Cook wrote.