The LICA 2023 Roadside Clean-Up on April 1st Goes Back to the Pre-Pandemic style celebration of this Island Rite of Spring. Our Roadside Clean-Up event will look different than it has during the past couple of COVID years.
Back by popular demand will be the opportunity for community volunteers at 9:30am to gather at the Grange or Scenic Estates Clubhouse before the event for Hot beverages, and Janice Holmes’ amazing mouthwatering freshly baked pastries.
As we socialize, sign up to a Truck Team to clean one of 12 island roadway segments. Each team will be provided with Garbage Bags, and the Heritage Trust’s Clean Swell Marine Debris Tracking Data sheets to keep track of what kinds of trash and how much trash is collected.
The trucks will then transport volunteers to each of their segments at 10am. When your roadsides are clean and all spiffed up, everyone packs up their trash and heads back to the Grange via their truck by Noon for a thank you Lunch of Hot dogs, chips, cookies, and lemonade provided by LICA and prepared by members of the Grange. Also joining in this community effort will be members of the newly formed Resilient Lummi to help sort recyclables from the trash. Our debris pile will then be transported to the mainland by Whatcom County Public Work’s Adopt a Road Team.
12 Volunteer Drivers with trucks or trailers are needed on April 1st for the Roadside Clean-Up. Call Mary Ross 425-941-0087 to be a driver, or if anyone has questions. Hope to see you there!
The 2022 Clean Up
On April 2nd 2022, Twenty-five teams of caring dedicated involved Lummi Island Community members gathered along the island roadways litter bags in hand and began cleaning their adopted mile long segments of road. Sizes of teams varied, from Solo efforts to Families, to Friend/Neighbor groups, to large teams like the Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Willows Inn staff. All totaled we had almost 120 people scouring the roadsides in neighborhoods, the library and ferry parking lots, the ferry orchard park, and even some of the community and private beaches in search of trash that might have ended up in the Salish Sea.
About 79 people participated in the Heritage Trust’s optional Citizen Science Data Tracking Using the Clean Swell App According to their reported data these teams had a total of 81.5 lbs of trash collected. Feedback from almost all teams reported that in many places the roads were much cleaner than expected so keep up the ongoing good work Islanders! Most of the teams did report their collections resulting in 555 items of trash thrown put into home trash containers for haul away and disposal.
The most common item found were pieces of plastic, food wrappers and cigarettes were runners up.
Please join the LICA Board, in recognizing and thanking All the Participants of the 2022 Roadside Clean Up. Because of all of you, our Island and our sea are even more beautiful than ever.
Roadside Cleanup Gallery
(most current years 1st) If you have photos you would like to include – or can identify persons in any years photos, please contact us.
Click on the Dots to see additional pages of photos – Click Photo to enlarge.
Updated: 2023/04/06 @ 4:07 pm Tark Henderson