Volunteers filled dozens of garbage bags with trash during the annual Christina Lake Clean-up on May 25. (Photo submitted)

Christina Lake clean-up a success

A wheelchair, cigarette butts and old tires filled the back of a truck headed to the dump

The Christina Lake Stewardship Society’s 19th Annual Lake Clean-Up Day, held on May 25, was a great success! Dozens of bags of garbage and recycling were collected, thanks to the selfless volunteers that took time out of their day to contribute to our community, regardless of the unpleasant weather! Almost every street of Christina Lake was cleaned up, which is a great achievement.

Everything from cigarette butts to blown tires, food wrappers — even a wheel chair was collected! Litter like cigarette butts is toxic to the environment and can cause great harm to the local flora and fauna, including the inhabitants of the lake, so it is important to keep our environment free of litter and to dispose of garbage properly in order to protect the health of our natural ecosystems.

After the cleanup a free barbecue lunch was hosted at the Kimura Road Nature Park kiosk, where we also held a draw for four $100 prizes for the adults and two $50 dollar prizes for the kids. This was to show our appreciation to the volunteers for their hard work and support.

The Christina Lake Stewardship Society would also like to give special thanks to Grace MacGregor, our Area C director, and the RDKB for donating the cash prizes and the garbage disposal fees, to Yellowhead Road and Bridge for their participation and the loaning of high visibility vests, to Alpine Disposal and Recycling for the waste pick-up, to Alpine Signs and Graphics for preparing our signs, to From the Hearth Bakery for the cinnamon buns and coffee and to the Huckleberry Market for providing and giving a discount on the barbecue food. As always, massive thanks to all those community members who came out to help keep our community clean on the day of the event, and to all those special people who pick up garbage in their neighbourhood on a regular basis, you folks are amazing!

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