A clean up crew lending a hand in 2012. File photo

Get involved in Quesnel’s Community Clean Up this Saturday

Ready, set, clean!

It’s spring cleaning time, and the city is on the same page, launching a community clean-up initiative this week.

School District #28, the City of Quesnel, the Quesnel Downtown Association (QDA), West Quesnel Business Association (WQBA), South Quesnel Business Association (SQBA), Northern Health and the Clean Team are partnering to get the city spick and span now that the snow is gone.

This week, the Clean Team is out in force, cleaning up some areas and sweeping areas for drug paraphernalia in advance of the community clean up.

On Friday, May 4, the schools will be cleaning up areas near their buildings. Administration staff and those trained on needle pick-up will deal with any sharps they discover.

On Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., community members are invited to take part in the initiative, registering at one of three locations to pick up bags and gloves and choose an area for clean up. The drop-in registration locations are Baker Creek Park, Spirit Square and Staples.

Make sure to bring work gloves and wear high-visibility clothing, if you have them.

Clean Team members will be on hand at all three locations and by phone to pick up any needles caches – participants are not required to pick up dangerous waste.

And there’s fun to be had alongside the clean up.

At the West Quesnel registration point in Baker Creek Park, the WQBA and Dominos Pizza will be providing refreshments to volunteers.

In Spirit Square, QDBA and Panago Pizza will offer snacks. And for each returned bag of garbage or recycling, the volunteer will have his or her name put into a draw for $100 downtown bucks, which can be used at participating businesses. The draw will be held at 4 p.m.

The SQBA will also be giving out $10 South Quesnel bucks for each full returned bag of garbage or recycling to those volunteers registered at Staples. The SQ bucks can be used at participating retailers in South Quesnel.

The city hopes to make this an annual event, to coincide with Earth Day.

“This year with the late melt, we weren’t able to get this ready in time for Earth Day, but going forward, we hope to have this community event every year on or near Earth Day,” says Mayor Bob Simpson.

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