Rossland celebrated Earth Day on Saturday with residents chipping in to help make the city cleaner and greener.
Though Earth Day fell on Friday, most of the Earth Day events were planned for Saturday so families would be able to come out and have fun.
The morning started off with Rossland Real Foods’s annual Chicken & Compost Crawl, where residents were invited to see successful chicken coops and composts in the city.
Later in the morning, the Rossland Mountain Market Society held its first farmers’ market of 2016. There was music, wood-fired pizza, sidewalk chalk for the kids, and plenty of local produce and locally made confections.
Throughout the day, drama students from Rossland Summit School were stationed in the parking lot across from the Prestige, sorting through cans, bottles and other returnables. The bottle drive not only gave Rosslanders a convenient opportunity to recycle their empties, but helped the students raise money for their trip to New York.
Volunteers from the Sustainability Commission could be found around town, rewarding Rosslanders who cleaned up litter and who pledged not to idle. Rosslanders were encourage to collect litter and then bring it to the Centennial trailhead where a dumpster and volunteers were waiting. Every resident who brought litter to the dumpster was invited to enter their name into a prize draw. Meanwhile on Columbia Ave., volunteers reminded residents that Rossland has a no idling bylaw and asked them to pledge not to idle their cars. Those who did so were rewarded with a free LED light bulb.
The Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre got kids in on the Earth Day action with a scavenger hunt and litter clean up on the museum grounds.