Taking care of the environment, being responsible with resources, reducing our footprint and keeping our lakes and rivers clean are shared values across Kawartha Lakes. Thanks to a coordinated effort by community partners and volunteers, there are many ways to celebrate Earth Week in Kawartha Lakes. Earth Week runs April 21 to 27 and Earth Day is Monday, April 22.

20-Minute Community Clean-Ups

Get together with your neighbours, community group, sports team or family to do a Clean-Up anytime during Earth Week (April 21 to 27). The City of Kawartha Lakes will provide clear garbage bags and gloves to participants. Groups or individuals planning a 20-Minute Community Clean Up can register online(www.kawarthalakes.ca/EarthWeek) or in person at any Municipal Service Centre. The municipality will consult with each group to determine the best method of garbage disposal. Contact Lee Anna Thornbury, Manager of Customer Service, 705-324-9411 extension 1201.

Plan a pollinator friendly spring garden

Kawartha Lakes is proud to be designated as an official Bee City. You can take part by planning a pollinator friendly garden, or by adding pollinator friendly plants to your existing garden. Visit the City's Bee City page (www.kawarthalakes.ca/beecity) for more information.

Bee City Seed-Ball Making Workshops

Learn about this simple way of planting native seeds for pollinators.

April 26 – 11am to 1pm - Bobcaygeon Library

April 27 – 10am to 12pm - Little Britain Library

April 27 – 2pm to 4pm - Lindsay Library

Prepare for Kawartha Lakes Environment Round Up Days

Collect unwanted recyclable materials around the house so you can take them to one of the City's upcoming Environment Round-Up Days. All events are free of charge and will take place between 8am and 12pm. Drop off recyclable materials such as household hazardous waste, electronics and bulky hard plastics such as patio furniture or laundry hampers.

Saturday, May 25 at Rolling Hills Public School, 694 Hwy 7A/ Hwy 7

Saturday, June 8 at Coboconk Roads Depot, 2863 CKL Road #48

Saturday, June 22 at Fenelon Falls Community Centre, 27 Veterans Ways

Saturday, July 6 at Bobcaygeon Public School, 30 Balaclava Street

Please call 705-324-9411, e-mail recycle@kawarthalakes.ca or visit the City's Recycling page (www.kawarthalakes.ca/recycle) for full details.

Environmental Youth Hero Award

Attention students: are you a resident living in Kawartha Lakes and have a passion for helping the environment?

Showcase a project that you have completed in the current school year (2018/2019) that addresses an issue related to the environment and you could win the City's Environmental Hero Youth Award. Winners will receive a special plaque, a free pizza party for their class and a native species tree to plant on your school’s property.

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2019. Visit our Environment page (www.kawarthalakes.ca/environment) for more information.

Learn about the Kawartha Lakes Healthy Environment Plan

Last month, Kawartha Lakes Council adopted a new plan to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from the 2005 levels. This amounts to 86,000 tonnes over the next ten years. It will be a community effort involving many areas including agriculture, buildings, energy systems, land use, transportation, water management and waste diversion. The City of Kawartha Lakes as a corporate citizen contributes 1% of our overall emissions and has committed to the new target.

“The vision is that Kawartha Lakes, including government, residents and all stakeholders in our community, will become leaders in addressing our changing climate to ensure a healthy environment and a prosperous community,” shared Pat Warren, Chair, Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee.

You can read the City's Healthy Environment Plan online. www.kawarthalakes.ca/environment.

Kawartha Settlers’ Village Clean-Up Day

Bring the whole family on Saturday, April 27 from 10am to 2pm and join in the spring cleaning!

Have a high school student looking to complete some community service hours? Get a couple of hours in while spending time outdoors. Anyone interested in additional hours or volunteer opportunities can join us daily from 9am to 4pm from April 23 to 26 as the clean-up process begins.

If you would like to participate, please RSVP to info@settlersvillage.org or call 705-738-6163.

EnvironmentDeb Crossen