There’s been some trash talk about southeast Winnipeg recently.
Lakewood Boulevard, Fermor Avenue, the Perimeter Highway and Warde Avenue have been named among the most littered streets in southeast Winnipeg in Take Pride Winnipeg’s annual Litter Index.
The index is rated from one to four, with a score of one representing no litter and a score of four representing extreme litter, organizers say. The city was divided into 12 areas for the index, which was conducted between April 25 and May 3.
Pre-campaign results show Area 8: St. Boniface — which lists Fermor Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard as the worst streets — has an average score of 2.22, while Area 9: St. Vital/South Osborne — which earmarks the Perimeter Highway and Warde Avenue as the area’s most littered routes — has an average score of 2.09.
TPW’s executive director Tom Ethans said that because of the late arrival of spring, volunteer cleanup crews haven’t been out in full force yet. "There are a lot of littered streets and we need all Winnipeggers to do their part in cleaning them up," Ethans said in a news release.
In response to index results, the Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up 2013 campaign is designed to encourage Winnipeggers to pick up litter in their respective neighbourhoods. TPW will provide free garbage bags to any community group, family, business or school looking to participate.
To register a cleanup, visit www.takepride.mb.ca. Organizers say cleanup groups can ask to be featured on TPW’s Facebook page, which will be updated frequently.