Department of Ecology News Release - March 5, 2013

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Now hiring: Teens sought for summer litter crew in San Juan County

BELLEVUE - The Department of Ecology's (Ecology) Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue plans to hire three teens in San Juan County this summer to help clean up area roadsides, beaches and other public access areas.

Youths, ages 14 to 17, can apply through April 9 to work with a crew that will clean up litter on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands. Crews will work Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., from June 26 through July 24, 2013. Participants will be paid $9.19 an hour. The crew will meet each morning in Friday Harbor. 

Ecology Youth Corps (EYC) members also will learn how to better care for the environment.

Applications are available through area school counselors and online. More information and the application are available at Ecology’s website.

Statewide, Ecology plans to hire more than 300 youths for this year’s EYC summer crews. EYC is an important part of an overall Ecology-coordinated effort that each year removes more than 3,500 tons of litter and illegally dumped materials statewide.

Littering can draw fines up to $1,025. Fines for illegal dumping are $1,000 to $5,000 plus jail time.

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Media contacts:

Larry Altose, Ecology media relations, 425-649-7009, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov

Steven Williams, Ecology regional litter administrator, 425-649-7048, steven.williams@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Ecology Youth Corps (/www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/eyc/)

Litter (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/litter/)

Ecology's social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)