Published on April 29, 2020

Spring Cleaning Won’t be Cancelled!

Like many residents in the community, City staff will be kicking things into high gear to begin spring cleaning activities. We truly look forward to this time of year as we get to clean and green our beautiful city for the summer ahead!

What’ll be happening?

  • Street sweeping: Cleaning on arterial roads has already begun and residential cleaning will start May 4 (weather dependent). Help us out by removing anything blocking the roadway like vehicles, driveway mats, waste collection carts, etc…View the sweeping schedule and learn more.
  • Litter clean-up: Crews will be out picking up litter and other debris from parks, green spaces, and trails. Although we’ve had to cancel our May 9 Clean & Green RiverFest event, we appreciate your help in keeping our city clean by properly disposing of waste. 
  • Tree and shrub maintenance: We’re not recognized as a tree city of the world for no reason! We’ll be starting work on pruning and sprucing up our beautiful trees and shrubs. As you enjoy your walks, look out for tree pruning signs, so you can keep a safe distance.

With more City staff working outside, please remember to physical distance by staying at least 2m (6 feet) away from workers.

Reminders and Cleaning Tips for Residents

  • Garage sales: Due to COVID-19, the City is recommending residents do not hold or attend spring garage sales and consider alternatives to exchange goods. Read more about this.
  • Yard clean up: Tidying up the yard? You can put leaf and yard waste materials in the Green Organics Cart to be composted. The Compost Depot is also open for your convenience.
  • House clean up: Cleaning the house? Not sure where an item goes? Use the Be Waste Wise App and click on "What Goes Where?" for sorting tips. Use the app at or download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • Composting: Does managing yard waste, reducing waste volume, and helping the environment pique your interest? Learn how composting and grass mulching will help with all of these things and make spring cleaning activities a breeze!

Sturgeon River Water Levels

As the Sturgeon River swallows up spring melt, there is the potential for higher water levels that could lead to flooding of pedestrian underpasses. We caution trail users to be aware of this, watch signage, and be prepared to detour up to nearby intersections to safely traverse the river valley until water levels return to normal.

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Last edited: April 29, 2020