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Cash-for-litter program returns

There’s cash to be made for non-profit groups with the City of Nanaimo’s Partners in a Cleaner Community program.

Groups are invited to register for the spring session by March 15 to pick up litter along community streets.

The city provides safety vests, trash bags, gloves, road safety signs, collection and disposal of litter collected, and contributes $50 per kilometre to groups upon successful completion of assigned areas.

Participating organizations must appoint a minimum of six volunteers per group who are at least 12 years old and provide insurance, protective clothing, adult supervision and transportation.

Supervisors will be required to attend a scheduled orientation/safety training session.

In 2012, 15 community organizations were selected for the program with more than 550 volunteers raising money by collecting 450 bags of litter, miscellaneous car parts, broken glass and other debris along more than 200 kilometres of roadside boulevards, parks and trailways throughout Nanaimo.

Service groups interested in participating can contact City of Nanaimo public works at 250-758-5222 to learn more about the program and receive an application form.

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