Annual Spring Cleanup Cleans up on Community Spirit

Dozens of cottagers, kids, and guests showed up for Setting Lake’s 2024 Spring Clean-up, Spring Spruce-Up. What began decades ago as the “annual dump clean-up” has turned into an event with a much broader focus.

Some say the evolution of Spring Clean-up was inevitable. Setting Lake’s “dump” looks much different than it did just a few short years ago thanks to changes in provincial landfill management legislation and regulations, and in Setting Lake’s landfill practices.  Today, as many have commented, the grassy landfill looks more like a park. It’s organised; there are designated areas for household waste, metals, concrete, and burnables (including the mountain of trees and brush from Road 3 and the new firebreak around the firehall). Every effort is made to divert recyclables, treated lumber, furniture, tires, and hazardous waste. The spring clean-up, which used to be an all-day event, now takes just a couple of hours, freeing up volunteers to tackle jobs in other places that need some attention.   

Don Leader collects loose material at the landfill clean-up

Photo credit – Hugh Fraser

Building on the success of last spring’s work bee, which saw volunteers clear overgrown brush along Road 1 from the highway to the bulletin board, Setting Lake’s Board of Directors identified Road 3 as this spring’s top priority. On Sunday, volunteers from all roads came together, hauling everything from rakes and chain saws, to front end loaders, trucks, quads, and trailers to clear trees and brush from several stretches of road near the bulletin board.

Lisa Wolanski-McGirr cutting brush

Photo credit – Donna Henry

Pete McGirr getting ready to fell a tree

Photo credit – Hugh Fraser

Jacek Hornick carrying brush

Photo Credit – Hugh Fraser

Chris Smook drops a load of brush into his trailer.

Photo credit – Donna Henry

… and its delivered to the landfill

Photo credit – Hugh Fraser

At the post-work bee barbecue at the firehall, members of SLCOA’s wildfire committee shared resources and tips with cottagers interested in FireSmarting their own properties to reduce the risk of wildfire.

Janice Pulak and Kate Roth distribute wildfire preparedness resources

Photo credit Hugh Fraser

Spring Clean-up is an opportunity for neighbours to come together to make a positive impact on our lakeside community. And it’s a great way to get to know your neighbours.

Speaking on behalf of Setting Lake Cottage owners Association, President Joe Correia says,” I would like to thank everyone who turned out for our annual landfill clean-up as well as road three brush clean up. Another successful event and It sure was nice to see the young (pre-teen) helpers that volunteered. Please do your part in keeping the community safe by not letting brush accumulate near your residence.”

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