Weekly Feature

2018-04-11 / Editorials

Spring cleaning awaits in yards and communities

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 forecast rain 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.

The Highway Department now has many of its plow trucks ready for summer paving and brush duties.

They have also been picking up isolated brush due to weather with the department’s grapple truck. The seasonal brush pickup will begin with a townwide sweep starting Monday, April 16. Monthly pickups will start with “Zone 1” on Thursday, May 3.

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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