Competing for cash by cleaning up nature has returned to the Comox Valley and Campbell River for its third year in a row.
The third annual event will have a higher total in cash prizes at $3,000. First place in the competition will get $1,500, followed by $750 for second and $300 for third.
Fifty dollars will be awarded for the top children’s clean-ups and gift certificates will be given out for runners-up.
Participants will do their own clean-ups and will qualify with before and after pictures of the clean-up. Dumping fees will be waived by the CVRD with tipping waiver forms.
Photos can be submitted to the Small Planet Energy website or their Facebook page.
The contest is being put on by Small Planet Energy with the goal of cleaning up the surrounding forest for Earth Day in six weeks’ time.
“For many of us, this time of year is when we are spending a lot more time in the forest and trails around Vancouver Island and are finding that there is a lot of garbage where there shouldn’t be,” said a statement from the organization.
“April 22, 2022, marks the 52nd annual celebration of Earth Day, which is a global movement that now includes 193 countries around the world. We’re hoping this challenge will continue to inspire people to help clean up the Campbell River and Comox Valley Regional District.”
The contest runs until April 30.