The Spring Roads Clean-Up is just around the corner, with the 2015 program set to begin on April 13. This annual program removes sanding and debris that have accumulated on roads and major sidewalks during the winter months.
During the 2014 Spring Clean-up program, 14,358 lane kilometres ere swept, removing almost 50,000 cubic metres of material from our roads. If all that debris was shoved into McMahon Stadium, the pile would be 12 feet high!
This is obviously a huge undertaking, so the City needs your cooperation in helping to keep the street clear when street sweepers are coming through your neighbourhood. Sweeping operations do a great job of collecting up to 81% of the material applied to roads in the winter. However, when cars or blue, black and green carts are not removed from the street, that number drops down to about 56%. If street sweeping coincides with garbage collection in your area, bring your carts onto the sidewalk next to the curb so that they do not interfere with the street cleaners.
If debris is left behind because a car or cart has not been moved, you can sweep the debris yourself, double-bag it, and place it inside your black cart for regular pick up. If you decide to sweep residual debris yourself, please keep in mind the following suggestions from Waste and Recycling Services:
- When cleaning up gravel, dust, and rocks, put all materials into a garbage bag. This will help keep the air dust-free, and keep the collection vehicles clean as well.
- Rcks and other debris material will likely be heavy, and may need to be double-bagged to avoid punctures and rips in the bags.
- For the safety of your garbage collector, make sure the bags are not overweight, and place all the debris inside your black cart for removal.
Pre-sweeping is currently happening in areas that regularly see high volumes of on-street parking, and the entire Spring Clean-up program is expected to be completed in time for Stampede. To find out when sweeping is scheduled for your community, watch for signs in your area, call 3-1-1, or visit www.calgary.ca/sweep.
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