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Keeping our city clean and green is a community effort

17-May-2019

The City thanks those who have participated in spring clean ups and remind residents to be waste wise 
 
Parks and Public Spaces 
 
With the winter now behind us, and the dryer season approaching, spring cleanup efforts are well underway across the City. 
 
Residents will notice an increased presence of City employees in our parks and other public spaces as we work to clean and open the areas for the summer. This work was delayed by a few weeks because some resources were diverted to support flood-impacted neighbourhoods. Eight City parks have been cleaned, inspected and are now open after being closed to the public due to flooding. 
 
Keeping our City clean takes a community of responsible individuals and passionate volunteers. Every year, local organizations throughout the City plan and host community clean ups to collect the higher volume of garbage that is exposed from the spring thaw. These events allow citizens to take ownership of parks and public spaces, which increases the appreciation for the natural green spaces and fosters a sense of community pride. 
 
To support community cleanup efforts, organizers can book the City’s Green Machine, a 14’ mobile toolkit stocked with cleanup equipment. The trailer is free to use and available for bookings now through to the end of the season. Last year, the Green Machine was booked for 17 community clean ups. Various community groups have 20 booked so far this year, with ten of them already complete. Groups can book the trailer by visiting www.saintjohn.ca/greenmachine

Street Sweeping

The City’s Spring Street Sweeping Program is underway and citizens can expect to see crews cleaning the sand and debris from our streets and sidewalks until mid-July. As per the City’s sweeping management plan for streets and sidewalks, only streets containing curb, storm water catch basins and designated bicycle lanes will be cleaned as part of the scheduled sweeping operation. This is a vital program to improve the function of our streets, sidewalks and storm water systems as well as the appearance of our City. 

Pet Waste

Responsible pet ownership is important to maintaining a livable, clean City. While the large majority are respectful and responsible, all pet owners are reminded to pick up after their dogs, and properly dispose of their refuse either in cans available around the City, or in personal garbage or compost. The City offers dog bag dispensers at the four municipal off-leash Bark Parks and maintains garbage cans and pole baskets for people to use to dispose of refuse, including bags of dog waste. These are placed in areas across the City that are frequented by pedestrians.

Waste Wise
 
As a waste wise community, the City of Saint John aims to reduce waste. City crews collect garbage and compost from over 500 households a day, and regularly maintain 228 public garbage cans within our parks and 120 pole baskets for people to use to dispose of refuse. Residents can be “waste wise” by developing waste-wise practices such as recycling and composting and using the resources and services such as the free bulky items pick up. 
 
To schedule a bulky item pick up or for information on collection schedules, residents can call 658-4455 or visit the website www.saintjohn.ca/wastewise.
 
We encourage all residents and businesses to help us maintain a safe, green and healthy community through smart and responsible solid waste disposal practices. We thank all of those who generously extend a helping hand to keep Saint John clean.
 

 

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