Spring Challenge


The following article was written by Ben Henderson for Ward 8 community newsletters.

Councillor Ben Henderson ~ Spring Challenge

I have already written in this space about embracing Edmonton as a winter city, but some of our real challenges come in the spring. Much as we have embraced the winter ice and snow, it also makes it more difficult to get litter off the ground and into garbage bins where it belongs.

Rewarding though it is to see the city come out of winter and blossom into spring, the remainders of the dead foliage, winter litter, and sand residue make it harder to embrace the warmer weather until the city has undergone its yearly spring clean up. We can help make spring a better transition season by all being a part of this routine.

Every year several city departments work together on sweeping the boulevards, streets, and parks throughout Edmonton. You can see when your neighbourhood will be completed by checking edmonton.ca or by calling 311.

There are also thousands of city residents who volunteer every spring and summer with Capital City Clean Up, the City of Edmonton’s year-round litter and graffiti management program. Volunteers may adopt a block which they commit to keeping clean throughout the summer, or spend a day helping clean up the river valley and ravine system.

The city also needs your continuing vigilance in picking up litter and reminding your neighbours to do the same.

I invite you to accept the ‘15 to Clean’ Challenge. All you have to do is spend a quarter hour to pick up litter. Free clean-up kits containing a garbage bag and gloves are available at any Edmonton Public Library starting April 18.

Challenge your friends, family, classmates or colleagues. All it takes is 15 minutes!

Ben Henderson
Councillor, Ward 8

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