Whistler invites the community to celebrate Earth Day and PITCH-IN on April 23

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

On Saturday, April 23, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) will be hosting PITCH-IN Day for its 32nd year. The event has been scheduled to align with Earth Day weekend.

Organized annually by the RMOW Roads department, PITCH-IN Day sees hundreds of volunteers, including community groups and local sports associations, gather to clear litter from Emerald to Function Junction neighbourhoods.

“The Roads department is proud to be supporting this initiative for the 33rd year,” said Tim Brooksbank, RMOW Roads Supervisor. “This is our opportunity to meet our community and work alongside them to beautify our neighbourhoods.”

Volunteers and community groups can pick up garbage and recycling bags, vests and supplies between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the Public Works Yard located at 8020 Nesters Road. Throughout the morning, the Roads Department will be visiting each neighbourhood to collect the full bags and to provide snacks and water to volunteers.

Following the PITCH-IN event, Whistler Fire Rescue invites PITCH-IN volunteers to a free BBQ at Fire Hall No. 1, located at 4400 Village Gate Boulevard, between noon and 2 p.m. Donations for the BBQ have generously been donated by Nesters Market, Independent, the Whistler Grocery Store and Fresh Street Market.

“Volunteering for PITCH-IN Day is an impactful way to celebrate Earth Day and to show our pride and care for Whistler, our climate, and the natural environment,” said Mayor Jack Crompton. “It’s incredible to see the large impact we make together on PITCH-IN Day. Not only are our neighbourhoods cleaner, but we have also diverted harmful waste from our sensitive habitats. All that and it’s lots of fun! I look forward to joining the community in the clean-up on April 23.”

PITCH-IN Day Schedule, April 23, 2022

  • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. – community groups and volunteers arrive at the Public Works Yard (8020 Nesters Road) to collect bags, vests and supplies.
  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – community groups and volunteers pitch in and clean up neighbourhoods. Volunteers are asked to place groups of collected waste along the roadside where the RMOW Road’s crew can easily see and collect them.
  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Whistler Fire Rescue Service hosts BBQ at the Fire Hall (4315 Blackcomb Way).
  • End of event:  The PITCH-In WEIGH-In! The collected waste will be transported to the Callaghan to be sorted and weighed. 

For more information, visit whistler.ca/PitchInDay

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