With our unseasonably warm weather this winter, spring is in the air! The month of April begins Community Cleanups, also known as dumpster day or recycling day. This is an important community building event which provides an opportunity for neighbours to meet their fellow community members and helps build a sense of neighbourhood. I enjoy being part of this day, and look forward to seeing you there. Community Cleanups are scheduled from 9 am - 2 pm and are hosted by your Community Association. The organized free Community Cleanup events save residents the trip and cost of going to the landfill for items that cannot be picked up by home service. The City of Calgary supplies Community Associations three packer trucks with crews (two for waste and one for organic materials) and funds for advertising and promotion, gloves, garbage bags, food and refreshments for the group of community volunteers. Learn more and find out about restricted items at calgary.ca (search for About Community Cleanups). You can confirm your community’s date by going to calgary.ca, and search for Community Cleanups Schedule. Contact your Community Association to volunteer or if your community is not listed, encourage you community to register with the City for this free service.
Did you know yard waste makes up over one-third of garbage from an average single-family home? By composting yard waste, you keep it out of the landfill, which reduces the impact on our environment. You can bring your yard waste to your Community Cleanup for free, but the landfill accepts your yard waste all year long at standard landfill fees. You can also pick up free mulch! Please visit calgary.ca (search for Spring yard waste drop-off at City landfills).
Spring Clean-up is an annual street sweeping program that removes sanding materials and debris that have accumulated on roads and along major sidewalks and boulevards during the winter months. With the good weather this year, we have been able to get out and start some of our street sweeping earlier than usual. Many roads have been pre-swept, which will make street sweeping more efficient this spring. This also provides the environmental benefit of reducing the material that ends up in our catch basins. The Spring Clean-up program officially begins April 3 and runs until the end of June. Go to www.calgary.ca/sweep
for details including when your street is scheduled to be sweeped!
Upcoming Councillor Chats
Councillor Chats are another opportunity for us to meet to discuss any issues that are important to you. Please join me for an informal conversation on April 14, 2016 from 5–7p.m. at West Side Recreation (Party Room). All Ward 6 residents are welcome to attend.
You can also join the Ward 6 Team and City of Calgary business units in a tradeshow-style open house! Ask questions, receive relevant information from over 20 City of Calgary departments, and speak with me on May 19, 2016 from 5–8p.m. at Strathcona Community Association (Main Hall).
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