City challenges citizens to clean up

Edmonton is asking citizens to take 15 minutes this week to pick up litter.
Edmonton launched its spring clean up campaign Tuesday. (CBC)

Edmonton is asking citizens to take 15 minutes this week to pick up litter.

The 15-to-Clean Challenge launched its 2011 Capital City Clean Up Tuesday.

The city is hoping to out do last year's campaign, the most successful in its five-year history.

Nearly 1,000 block captains, 170 schools and 18 litter and anti-graffiti initiatives helped reduce litter by almost a third, earning Edmonton the 2010 national Communities in Bloom award for tidiness, said the city.

The clean-up campaign involves numerous city departments including transportation, parks and waste management.