With the snow gone and the weather getting warmer, city councillors are hoping residents will roll up their sleeves next week to help clean up their neighbourhoods after the long winter.
Pitch In Week starts Monday in Prince Albert. The annual event encourages residents to get outside to help clean up garbage. Several city councillors are planning community cleanups in their wards, and are encouraging residents to join them. Cleanups will be happening in Wards One, Two and Three.
This year marks the ninth-annual cleanup event in Ward One. Councillor Charlene Miller told paNOW volunteers will be meeting at Parkland Hall each morning next week to clean up the area. Students from nine schools in the city will also be taking part in the ward cleanups.
“I think it’s really good for our students to learn that they have to become a part of the community,” Miller said.
Ward Two Councillor Terra Lennox-Zepp has been out knocking on doors to drum up support for the upcoming cleanup in her neighbourhood. This is the second annual cleanup for Ward Two.
“After the spring melt, I think it’s always a concern, and people are very pleased to hear that there are efforts being made, and people are coming out," she said.
Councillor Evert Botha is hosting the inaugural cleanup in Ward Three, and said garbage bins and meeting points will be set up at the intersection of Sixth Ave. E. and Exhibition Dr., and in the parking lot at Leon’s Furniture for anyone who wants to drop off unwanted items. Volunteers have been going door-to-door around the ward to promote the cleanup and encourage residents to participate, and a meet-and-greet is planned for the afternoon of May 12 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, he added.
“We’ll hopefully even be able to recycle a lot of furniture and appliances,” Botha said. “We’re very excited to be taking tires with the Saskatchewan Tires Stewardship Program this year, so they’ve got to be rimless and then those will be recycled.”
Miller said any fridges and stoves or other metals donated will be recycled as well. The City of Prince Albert is encouraging groups to register their cleanups through the Pitch-In Canada website. Registered groups can pick up bags and gloves on the third floor at City Hall, at the Community Services department.
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