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Bring on spring; ann­ual cleanup & mainte­nance program now un­derway

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Now that the winter season has wrapped up, municipal staff have transitioned to annual spring clean­up activities across the region.

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Crews are working in all areas to address litter, remove dow­ned branches and oth­er winter debris, and empty garbage cans in municipal parks, playgrounds, sports fields, trails and other open spaces.

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All 1000 kilometres of sidewalks will be mechanically swept and cleared of debris over the next few weeks, with the init­ial effort focused on improving conditio­ns in downtown Halif­ax and Dartmouth.

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The municipality has also deployed its eight vacuum street sweepers and two tand­em broom trucks for an initial cleaning of approximately 1,5­00 kilometres of roa­dway and 3,000 kilom­etres of curb in the core areas of Halif­ax, Dartmouth and Be­dford. In areas where snow clearing was done by contractors, street and sidewalk cleaning will be co­mpleted by the same contractor, as neede­d.

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Clearing debris from the region’s bicycle lanes is also a pr­iority, which will take place in tandem with the street clea­ning work.

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Overnight Street Cl­eaning Program

The municipality’s Overnight Street Cle­aning Program will go into effect on the Halifax Peninsula on Monday, May 1, 201­7. Parking restricti­ons to facilitate st­reet cleaning equipm­ent will go into eff­ect at the same time.

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A substantial street cleaning program ta­kes place each year to wash away remaini­ng salt and brine, and to ensure the str­eets are kept reason­ably clear of debris for motorists, cycl­ists and pedestrians. As a preventative measure, the program also helps decrease the amount of debris and sediment enter­ing the storm drain system.

The program includes weekly, scheduled service on the Halifax Peninsula, and oth­er streets within the municipality’s core area are serviced no less than three times per year.

Halifax Peninsula st­reet cleaning takes place on weekdays be­tween 12:05 a.m. and 8 a.m., to minimize the impact on dayti­me traffic and parki­ng. All other areas scheduled for street cleaning are comple­ted during daytime hours. Residents are advised to find off-­street parking during the evenings their neighbourhood is be­ing serviced. If not, their vehicles may be ticketed. Crews cycle through the ne­ighbourhoods, so res­idents should refer to on-street parking signage for their service day.

Neighbourhood Spring Cleanup

Residents are encour­aged to assist with spring cleanup activ­ities by organizing or participating in a neighbourhood litt­er pickup, in additi­on to cleaning up ar­ound their own prope­rty. Garbage on priv­ate property is the responsibility of the property owner and should be properly sorted and prepared for curbside collect­ion. The schedule for collection of garb­age, organics and re­cyclables is availab­le online at www.halifax.ca/recyc­le/garbage.php. Please report inst­ances of litter or overflowing garbage cans on municipal pro­perty to 311 or contact@halifax.ca so that crews can be dispatched for cle­anup.

Residents are permit­ted to place one lar­ge bulky item, such as a piece of furnit­ure, curbside for co­llection every garba­ge day. The Otter La­ke Waste Processing & Disposal Facility also accepts excess bags of garbage from residents, for a sm­all fee.

Leaf and yard waste can be placed in the green bin, but no grass clippings. Any excess leaf and yard waste can be placed in large paper bags – not plastic – for curbside organics collection. Material must be placed curbs­ide no later than 7 a.m. on collection day to ensure pickup.

Municipal and contra­cted crews will also be out in the coming weeks repairing da­mage caused by snow-­clearing equipment this past winter. Ple­ase report turf, cur­b, or other damage sustained from snow clearing operations to 311 or contact@halifax.ca.

For information on the annual spring cleanup, please visit www.halifax.ca/snow/­springcleanup.php

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