Cleanup blitz helps river run through Mount Pearl
Dozens of people came out Saturday to pick up trash along sections of a river that runs through the City of Mount Pearl.
The annual Waterford River Cleanup Blitz has become an annual, and unfortunately necessary rite of spring.
Each year melting snow and ice reveals mounds of trash scattered in and along the banks of the river. An area near the Commonwealth Avenue bridge is particularly notorious, given the sheer number of businesses in the area.
"Be aware of that little piece of litter that you are throwing out the window," she said. "It builds up so quickly, like all the little pieces of receipts and Tim Hortons sleeves that build up, and just the time it takes for someone to go around and clean up. It builds up so fast and, you know, you really see it."
Tim Hortons, which has a location close to the cleanup site, was also the major sponsor of this year's event.
Mount Pearl resident John McGuire said he hoped just the sight of groups of people filling garbage bags would rub off on those who litter.
Members of Mount Pearl's city council also took part in the cleanup, which lasted about two hours.
It was followed by a barbeque for volunteers outside City Hall in Centennial Square.