Bishop’s Outdoors Club organizes community cleanup challenge

Bishop’s Outdoors Club organizes community cleanup challenge
(Photo : Gordon Lambie)

By Gordon Lambie

The Bishop’s University Outdoors Club is coordinating a community cleanup in Lennoxville this weekend in an effort to take advantage of all the garbage exposed by the recent thaw. Although participants are encouraged to take part on their own or within family groups so as to not be considered an illegal gathering, club founder Anika Malone said that representatives of the club will be present at Optimist Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday to hand out garbage bags and gloves to anyone who needs them.
“What we had originally intended was to get a bunch of people together to pick up garbage as a group, but in the end it’s more of a community challenge,” the organizer said. “One of our main values as a club is it be environmentally connected, and with everything melting it’s just so evident that this is the time to act.”
Although a community cleanup is usually organized through the Borough office around this time of year, Lennoxville Borough President Claude Charron said that there is no official community clean up this year because it would constitute an organized public gathering, which is still not permitted under COVID restrictions in the region. That being the case, however, he said that there is nothing to prevent people from going out and picking up garbage on their own or as a family, provided that they respect social distancing rules.
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