This year’s city wide spring cleanup program, Green Deer, was a success with volunteers from businesses, community associations, schools, clubs, churches, families and individuals coming together to clean up garbage in our city.
“I can’t thank Red Deerians enough for taking such pride in their community. Together we are making a difference,” said Suzanne Jubb, Community and Program Facilitator. “Green Deer may be over but we can still pick up litter year round and develop a ‘leave it better than you found it’ attitude as a way of life.”
The Red Deer River clean-up which took place on Sunday, June 5 during Green Deer was also a success with 167 participants gathering 95 bags of garbage that translates to roughly 1,310 pounds of trash.
Green Deer continues to focus on cigarette butts and the harmful effects they can have on the environment, as they do not biodegrade. The City of Red Deer gave away 1,000 free pocket ashtrays as part of this year’s Green Deer campaign.
Green Deer organizers would like to thank the Downtown Business Association and the Chamber of Commerce for increasing awareness of the program. The number of businesses participating continues to grow with many local businesses allowing time for staff to keep Red Deer beautiful with a spring cleanup in their parking lots and surrounding areas.
Sports organizations are encouraged to get involved in Green Deer year round to help keep their fields, pitches and play areas clean. All sport teams are challenged to spend 10 minutes tidying the stands, fields and dressing rooms and to leave the area better than they found it.
Now that Green Deer is wrapped up, there are other ways for Red Deerians to keep their city green. The Adopt-A-Park program runs year round with individuals or groups making a commitment to being stewards of a specific park or area for an entire year. Currently there are 27 groups registered in the program and it continues to grow. For more information on the Adopt-a-Park program, please call Recreation, Parks & Culture at 403-342-8234.
For residents looking for another opportunity to make a difference, the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up takes place on Sunday, September 11. For more information, please visit www.reddeer.ca/greendeer.
Green Deer partners include Save-On Foods, Tim Horton's, Canadian Tire, KG Country/Z98.9, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Waste Management of Canada and The City of Red Deer.
For more information, please contact:
Community and Program Facilitator
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer