The Pender Harbour Advisory Council invites all members of the community to participate inits annual summer Road side and fall Backwoods Trash Bashes. These events,which usually take up no more than half a day,focus on cleaning up illegal dumpsites from parks, hiking trails and the ocean, as well as clearing trash from our roads and shores. Following the morning’s work, volunteers receive a complimentary lunch provided by the Pender Harbour Rotary Club and the Sunshine Coast Credit Union. Two trash bashes took place in 2019. The first, on June 27, focused on cleaning up trash from the highway and major feeder roads. 280 kg of garbage was collected by about a dozen volunteers. The second was held Sept 7 and targeted trash illegally dumped on our back roads. About 30 volunteers collected just under 2,000 kg of garbage. Both events were organized by long-time PHARA heroes and Trash Bash veterans Steve Luchkow and Randy Picketts with support from the SCRD. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and thanks for the excellent lunch from Harbour Pizza. While the annual Roadside Trash Bash takes place in June and the Back roads Trash Bash in September, we’re always looking for the location of illegal dump sites to clean. If you know of any, please note the location (GPS is preferable) and email firstname.lastname@example.org . Thumbs down to those in our community who prefer to dump their garbage on roadsides and back roads instead of our transfer station. If you witness illegal dumping, call 1-877-952-7277, this is the BC Conservation Service RAPP (Report all Poachers and Polluters) line.