Residents are encouraged to participate in Green Deer 2013, an annual City cleanup that runs until June 16.
“Every year, Green Deer positively impacts the look of our City,” said Suzanne Jubb, community & program facilitator with the City of Red Deer.
“When winter melts away, trash and litter are exposed. Green Deer helps to keep our community beautiful and enjoyable for everyone.”
Neighbours, friends and coworkers will work together, challenge each other and show their commitment to the environment.
“When we all work together and take small steps to keep our city clean, it can have a huge impact,” said Jubb.
“We challenge Red Deerians to leave it better than they found it by taking a garbage bag and a cleaning glove with them when they go for walks. This is an easy way to be proactive in keeping our neighbourhoods beautiful.”
This year, the Green Deer campaign will repeat the Cigarette Butt Awareness program, which will educate the public that even small amounts of litter can impact the environment.
“Many people don’t realize that cigarette butts do not disappear, and they are not biodegradable,” said Jubb. “In fact, the buildup of plastic filters and chemicals from cigarette butts is toxic to the animals, plants, and water around us.”
To help reduce cigarette butt litter, 1,000 pocket ashtrays will be given away throughout the Green Deer campaign.
People can also register by calling 403-309-8411 or visiting the Recreation Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre or Collicutt Centre. Every group registered is automatically entered into a draw to win a barbecue and a barbecue event.
A Green Deer toolkit is available on the City’s web site for groups wishing to issue cleanup challenges to other community groups.
More information can be found at www.reddeer.ca/greendeer.
The Green Deer annual kickoff barbeque will take place on April 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Parkland Mall parking lot. Residents planning to register for Green Deer can attend the event.