Manitoba

Volunteers do sweep of West End in 20th annual spring cleanup

Volunteers pitched in to help tidy up the West End Saturday as part of the neighbourhood's annual spring cleanup, now in its 20th year.

About 40 volunteers took part, organizer says

Dozens of people fanned out across the West End Saturday to tidy up the neighbourhood. (CBC)

Volunteers pitched in to help tidy up the West End Saturday as part of the neighbourhood's annual spring cleanup, now in its 20th year.

Community members grabbed garbage bags and pickers at the Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA) before fanning out through the neighbourhood.

Other crews went out in the area in vehicles looking for "bulky waste in backlanes", such as mattresses and couches that have been dumped.

Volunteers review a map of the West End before heading out as part of the spring cleanup Saturday. (CBC)

"It's a great community event where the community comes together to look after their neighbourhood," said David Heinrichs, environment and open spaces co-ordinator with the association.

"Especially after the winter when everything gets buried in the snow, come spring time there's a lot of litter."

Many of the people who came out to help either live or work in the community, Heinrichs said, adding there was a big showing of youth at the event. Each adult group leader was equipped to pick up sharp objects, like broken glass or needles.

It's great when a community can come together to clean up the neighbourhood, says David Heinrich. (CBC)
A similar volunteer cleanup hosted by the Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association was held northwest of the West End event.

At least 40 people took part in the spring cleanup, Heinrichs added.

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