Clean North’s officers:
Peter McLarty, chair
Ursula Schleen, vice chair
Rob Bressan, secretary
Steve Bedford, treasurer
Since, 1989, Clean North has been the premiere citizens’ environmental group in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District. We are a grass roots organization run entirely by volunteers and funded through memberships and donations. Our goal is to promote environmental protection through reduction, reuse and recycling of residential and industrial waste in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.
We are a proven leader in helping local businesses and people divert a wide range of waste from our local landfill and lead greener, healthier lives. Our first project was to get blue box recycling started in Sault Ste. Marie. And we did just that!
Another of our early waste diversion projects was collecting Christmas trees and chipping them into mulch for local gardens. Over the past 20 years, we’ve kept at least 100,000 Christmas trees out of the landfill—and provided hundreds of local gardeners with fantastic mulch! This annual event is still going strong.
So what else have we accomplished over the past 20+ years?
We’ve played an important role in diverting tons of toxins from our landfills and sewer systems. In spring 2000, we began collecting e-waste such as computers and other electronics to keep toxic chemicals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic from ending up in the landfill. Over the next seven years, we collected more than 400 tons of e- waste! One of our many local partners, Community Living Algoma, is now running this program.
- We’ve been a leader in diverting other toxic waste—styrofoam, batteries, paint, and more. Less chemical pollution = less environmental and health costs for all of us. Chemicals from waste can get into our air and water, affecting our children’s brain development and overall health. Children who grow up in a less polluted environment are better able to learn.
- We wrote an operating plan for the city’s hazardous waste program, which the city promptly adopted. This plan earned the city the highest grant ever given by the province’s Waste Diversion Organization. In addition, we have a downtown storefront that gives you easy access to information about everything green, from composting to nuclear waste disposal.
- We offer people of all ages—ranging from kids to seniors—many opportunities to learn about diverting waste and protecting ecosystems. Over the years, hundreds of people in our community have volunteered for Clean North projects ranging from planting trees to collecting recyclables to building bathouses to working with MNR on a peregrine falcon release project—and so much more.
- We’ve helped the bottom line of local residents by making and selling many rain barrels, reducing water bills.
- Finally, we’ve been a strong and visible leader for a more vibrant and healthy natural community, including organizing the planting of thousands of trees in the Sault Ste. Marie area and lending our support to the Allard Street Community Garden, the annual Horticultural Society plant sale, the city beautification contest, and many other worthy local projects that contribute to the Sault being Naturally Gifted.
- Want to know more about Clean North?Finally, we’ve been a strong and visible leader for a more vibrant and healthy natural community, including organizing the planting of thousands of trees in the Sault Ste. Marie area and lending our support to the Allard Street Community Garden, the annual Horticultural Society plant sale, the city beautification contest, and many other worthy local projects that contribute to the Sault being Naturally Gifted.
- Clean North is a registered charitable environmental awareness group (Charity Registration #130567456RR0001; www.cra.gc.ca/charities) established in 1989.
- Our office is at 736‐A Queen Street East, but we participate in events throughout the area. Our office is staffed by volunteers, keeping costs low. We have an Environmental Resource Room that is open to all. Since we’re run by volunteers, so calling first is always a good idea (705-945-1573). Want to learn more about volunteering?
- We meet on the first Tuesday of every month and use a consensus-based approach to deciding what projects to pursue and how.
- We are a member of Northwatch, the Northeastern Ontario region’s environment & peace coalition, and the Ontario Environment Network.
Got a question? Contact Clean North at firstname.lastname@example.org, (705)945-1573.
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