Capital City Clean Up – 15 to Clean Challenge!

Now that the snow has melted, litter is once again visible on our streets and sidewalks. That means it’s time for a big push by Capital City Clean Up (CCCU), the City of Edmonton’s year-round litter and graffiti management program.

On Wednesday, Mayor Mandel kicked off the latest CCCU initiative, called the 15 to Clean Challenge:

“The responsibility for keeping our city clean is shared by all of us. If we all took 15 minutes to clean up litter or wipe out graffiti, imagine how much of a difference we could make together,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Edmontonians take pride in their city and show it by participating in events like this.”

Participating in the challenge is easy. Just take 15 minutes to pick up some litter or call 311 to report graffiti. Challenge your friends and co-workers and go as a group! When you’re done, log your clean up activities online (you have until May 16 to do so).

Photos by Raffaella Loro (see more here)

I took part in a clean up group last year and had lots of fun! Last year was a great year for CCCU. Here is 2009 by-the-numbers:

  • 4758 – Adopt-a-Block Team Members recruited
  • 11588 – bags of Adopt-a-Block trash collected
  • 246 – litter tickets issued
  • 11160 – hours volunteered collecting litter
  • 13158 – square meters of graffiti painted/cleaned (141628 square feet)
  • 546 – graffiti wipeout volunteers
  • 266 – graffiti wipeout kits issued
  • 3276 – Graffiti Clean Up volunteer hours
  • 98 – graffiti tickets issued
  • 27 – CCCU program partners
  • 6458 – bags of trash collected during River Valley Clean Up
  • 7319 – volunteer hours for River Valley Clean Up

River Valley Clean Up kicks off next week (on ShareEdmonton) – you can learn more here. If you’d like to Adopt-a-Block, you can do so here.

Fifteen minutes is all it takes! Get out and help to clean up Edmonton!

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