Do you have 20 minutes to spare to make a difference in your community? At 10 a.m. on Friday April 1st the Regional Waste Reduction Office challenges you to give just twenty minutes of your time to the 20 Minute Make-Over an annual community-wide spring clean-up blitz.

"The 20 Minute Make Over kick starts Community Clean Up month for all of April," says Waste Reduction Facilitator Cynthia Coates. "The challenge: take just 20 minutes of your day on Friday April 1st at 10am, and do a little spring cleaning in your neighborhood, school or place of work. It's a great way to spend a coffee break! You decide how you want to pitch in: pick up trash, sweep the sidewalk or bust graffiti. It's a fast easy way for you and your coworkers, classmates or service group to do something positive for your community."

The Regional Waste Reduction Office provides free garbage bags and gloves for anyone collecting litter. It'll even arrange to have the garbage-filled bags picked up and taken to the landfill after your clean-up is done. Graffiti busting kits are also available for pick up.

Coates Adds, "This is a feel good event that anyone at basically any age can get involved with. The 20 minute factor is ideal if you're on a tight schedule. It's easy enough to gather a group together-your classmates, coworkers, neighbours, friends or family and head outside for some fresh air, exercise, elbow grease and light spring cleaning. It's also inspiring knowing you'll be joining the hundreds of people across our community helping make a difference. Over the last few years, literally thousands of people have taken part in this event to kick off Community Clean Up month!"

To register your group for garbage bags and gloves, and for pick up of your litter- filled bags when your clean-up is complete, contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office before March 31st at 250.469.6250. For more clean up information or to tackle a clean-up job during April visit

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For more information contact: Cynthia Coates, Waste Reduction Facilitator, 250-469-6346