Missionites need to stop littering

There is a heavy volume of litter near all entrances to the community

Editor, The Record:

Every year the Mission Adopt-A-Block Society puts together two annual clean-up events to help keep our community clean and beautiful and to help our environment.

This year’s Spring Cleanup event is coming up in April and it is my job to go out into our beloved community and select the routes that our dedicated volunteers will be tackling.

Having done this before in the fall I thought I would see a similar sight; it’s always worse on main roadways and around bus stops. Then there are the many fast food containers and odd stray garbage bag that someone has put out the night before garbage day and the birds are having a feast, plus the regular vehicle debris we find at main intersections.

But this time was especially difficult for me as I realized that the number of roads that I would classify as high litter areas have increased to a point that I fear any work that our volunteers do, will go unnoticed as there are so many roads that need to be addressed.

Our volunteers can cover three to four kilometres per group, and we have eight groups in our clean-up. There are two possible solutions for this problem.

We increase the number of community members who are adopting their own roads, or people stop littering.

It can be so discouraging to watch volunteers out there picking up after other people only to go by the same route a month later or even a day later to find more litter again. When will people learn that what you throw into our environment, doesn’t just go away.

It’s amazing citizens like our Adopt-A-Block volunteers who go and pick it up and put it where it belongs. The most disappointing sight was that every entrance into Mission was heavily littered. What message are we sending to visitors when we have litter on our front door?

Kristin Parsons

Program Coordinator

Mission Adopt-A-Block

Just Posted

VIDEO: Mission Friendship Centre holds day-long event

The MMIW event took place May 22 at Fraser River Heritage Park

Mission being challenged to get active

ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge runs from May 31 to June 16

PHOTOS: Sunset Market attracts big crowd to Mission park

Fraser River Heritage Park was filled with vendors, entertainers and more

Mission’s McMahon receives prospect game invite

Roadrunners star heads to Ottawa in June for inaugural game

Two week lock down lifted for Kent Institution

A search at the prison found nearly 26 grams of hashish and a cellphone

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

RCMP target speeders between Abbotsford and Surrey in month-long blitz

Officers throughout the province launch Swoop campaign

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Coquitlam RCMP release video in search for witness to crash that killed girl, 13

Witness is described as a slim Asian man with short, black hair, no facial hair and wearing glasses

Most Read