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Photo by Gord Bowes

Photo by Gord Bowes

Robyn Rudy (left) and Tracy Stopard pick up trash near a viewing platform at Albion Falls during last Sunday’s citywide cleanup organized by The Escarpment Project.

The Escarpment Project

By Gord Bowes, News staff

A car door, a large section of carpeting and a love seat were among the unusual items volunteers picked up during The Escarpment Project’s annual cleanup.
A total of 437 people registered for last Sunday’s effort, said organizer Greg Lenko.
Over 700 bags of garbage were filled by participants at various points along the Niagara Escarpment across Hamilton, he said.
Other interesting items collected Sunday included a red car fender, a 1965 Ontario licence plate, an old Globe and Mail newspaper box, a cordless phone from the 1980s, an inline skate, a rusted child’s pedal car from the 1960s and a set of car keys.
“We also managed to pull out some sort of a grate that was at one time attached to the bridge at Buttermilk Falls to stop litter/debris from flowing downstream in a creek,” said Lenko. “Ironically it was found downstream.
“There were also countless shopping carts, bikes, mattress springs and tires, which seems to be the norm.”
At the Devil’s Punchbowl, said Lenko, the amount of coffee cups and plastic bottles littered on the trail seemed greater than the previous two years of the cleanup, but overall there was less garbage than in the past.
Next year’s cleanup is scheduled for the last Sunday in April. For more details, see

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