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West End to get cleaned up for spring

Volunteers welcome to pick up litter

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Bren Dixon, DMSMCA’s community greening and environment co-ordinator.

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A West End community organization wants to start off the spring season on a clean note.

The Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Organization’s eighth annual spring cleanup is slated to take place on April 26 from noon to 3 p.m. Considering how unpredictable Winnipeg’s weather has been lately, the DMSMCA has also set aside May 3 from noon to 3 p.m. as the alternative cleanup date in case of rain or snow.

"The purpose (of the cleanup) is to bring the community together to clean up garbage from the leftover winter months," Bren Dixon, DMSMCA’s community greening and environment co-ordinator, said.

The cleanup is open to everyone, and there is no fee to participate. Those interested aren’t required to sign up, but Dixon said it doesn’t hurt to call the DMSMCA ahead of time so he knows how many people to expect, making it easier to provide the right number of supplies, such as gloves and plastic bags.

The DMSMCA, located at 823 Ellice Ave., has partnered with the Spence Neighbourhood Association (430 Langside St.) and the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre (443 Spence St.) for the cleanup. Participants can show up to either one of those three locations to take part.

Those meeting at the DMSMCA office are in charge of picking up litter in an area bordered by Ingersoll Street, Victor Street, Portage Avenue, and Notre Dame Avenue. The designated areas are to prevent any overlap with the two partners.

Dixon said last year, about 50 to 60 people participated in the cleanup, so he is expecting the same number of people to show up this year.

The cleanup will mostly consist of people picking up litter off the streets.

"Participants will also get forms to take note of any bulky waste they can’t pick up," Dixon said.

The completed forms will get sent to the City of Winnipeg so city crews can remove the bulk waste.

For more information about the spring cleanup, contact Dixon at 204-774-7005.

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