Jim Watson: Spring cleaning the nation’s capital 

Each year, Ottawa residents eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring, as it signifies the end of our frigid winters and the beginning of our farmer markets, numerous festivals and outdoor recreation season. Parks, patios and public spaces are flooded with people of all ages soaking up the sun, enjoying our greenspace and making the most of the warm months. But the start of the nice weather also marks the onset of spring cleaning.  

In addition to dusting off remnants of winter, scouring basements and attics to find garage sale treasures and making room for the new, residents can help keep the city of Ottawa in good shape by participating in the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign. 

This citywide cleanup is a great opportunity for residents to foster community pride and for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours by cleaning up their parks, bus stops, woodlots, ravines, shorelines and pathways, while enjoying the outdoors and ensuring that Ottawa stays clean, green, and graffiti and litter-free. 

Now in its 25th year, the cleaning campaign brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Since the campaign first started in 1994, more than one million volunteers have participated in more than 20,000 cleanup projects throughout the city. As a result, an estimated 1,000,000 kilograms of waste has been removed from our public spaces. Last year alone, 75,547 volunteers collected 60,437 kg of litter during 1,259 cleanup events!  

You can register until May 15th by visiting www.Ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) and you can report your cleanup project by May 31st. An online interactive map will show you which locations have already been claimed, and the registration form will allow you to choose your own project site and indicate the cleanup supplies that you need. Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal. Participants are even eligible to win prizes when they submit their on-line cleanup reports after their cleanup! 

Together, we can keep our incredible city clean, green, and litter-free for all to enjoy. 


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