As the snow melts away across Saskatchewan lawns and roads, a winter’s worth of litter is being revealed.
To recognize Earth Day, the plan is to remove the unsightly garbage in a city-wide spring cleaning effort organized by the Battlefords United Way, the North Battleford Business Improvement District (BID), and City Hall.
Lisa Kissick with the BID said this is only the second year the three organizations have partnered together for a one day mega clean.
“Prior to that the United Way, downtown, and the city of North Battleford were all doing their own individual cleanup events. The community cleanup day has been happening for a number of years, but last year we decided we would all partner together.
"Last year we had hundreds and hundreds of volunteers out cleaning up the streets and we picked up more than 9000 pounds of garbage in one day.”
The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall on April 21, where gloves, bags and safety equipment will be handed out to any volunteers who wish to participate.
The plan is to have city employees take some time out of their day to clean Highways 4 and 16 as well as Territorial Drive, while residents and businesses are encouraged to clean up their immediate surroundings.
According to Kissick the plan is to have the city sparkling before Earth Day.
“Typically we host the cleanup day on Earth Day which is actually April 22, and this year we thought we’re going to step up our game. We’re going to make sure by Earth Day our community is beautiful and clean and litter free. We wanted to make sure by the time Earth Day comes around our community is as beautiful as it can possible be.”
Tim Horton’s coffee will be provided in the morning for volunteers at City Hall followed by a lunchtime barbecue hosted by the Fire Department. Cleaning will wrap up at 4:00 p.m. with the return of any supplies and equipment.
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