Cambridge begins spring cleanup efforts across the city
Cambridge, Ontario – The City has started spring cleanup efforts in areas across the city.
Staff will be out and about with litter pickers and buckets cleaning up litter around our community. As well, residents may notice three street sweepers and additional City vehicles on the streets. This is due to the fact that staff are adhering to physical distancing requirements to ensure limited occupancy in vehicles.
Staff cleanup efforts will also include:
Roadside litter pick-up, including major arterial roads (Dunbar Rd, Can-Amera Pkwy, Dundas St, Conestoga Blvd)
Clean up around targeted storm water management ponds near neighbourhoods and trails.
Street sweeping to clean up debris from streets
Litter and debris removal in City parks
Illegal dumping cleanup
Similar to last year, and in the interest of public safety due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the City’s annual Cambridge Community Clean Up events, which usually attract between 4,000 and 6,000 volunteers each year, are unfortunately cancelled. As such, the City will also not be providing bags and gloves or collect bags left in parks or along trails. Some garbage cans that were removed for the winter are now being placed at high-traffic park locations in anticipation of full-service collection resuming during the early summer months.
Residents can still do their part to help keep our city clean and safe. When enjoying the parks and trails, please use garbage bins to properly dispose of any litter, such as masks or gloves, or take litter home with you.
Throughout the pandemic, the City has worked hard to ensure that residents have public spaces to safely enjoy. City staff are out each day picking up litter, emptying street and park waste bins and sweeping streets. As well, the Ambassador Team continues to have a dedicated presence in the downtown core areas and has increased cleaning and maintenance efforts.
When you are walking your pet, please do not put pet waste in neighbourhood garbage bins. This creates odours and fills up our one-and-only landfill. Instead, please take it home and use your green bins to dispose of it. For other ways to dispose of pet waste, please see here.
“Thank you to so many of you who partner to help keep our city clean and safe for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “Our team is dedicated to community safety and well being, keeping our public spaces clean, despite the challenges the pandemic has brought. I look forward to welcoming back our thousands of volunteers for future cleanups when it is safe to do so.”
Safety remains a key priority for the City and strict measures are in place to protect cleanup workers and members of the public. Screening, sanitation and physical distancing protocols are being followed and needed in order for staff to perform cleanup activities
Residents can report larger litter problem areas or illegal dumping to firstname.lastname@example.org or the City’s online reporting tool at the link below.