With the snow melting, garbage and litter is being exposed on the streets.
The city of Prince Albert, along with other community organizations, are gearing up to take on the litter with Pitch-In Days starting on May 5.
“Basically, it is a co-ordinated effort between a few different community organizations and the city’s website is being used as the base for people to go to to see what kinds of events are going on in the city,” the city’s communications manager Kiley Bear said. “ Community groups, businesses and organizations can register an event through the website and it will be promoted there.”
Anyone can post an event on the website, Bear said.
“If a school is having an event, or a community group is hosting an event and they want people to come out and participate with them they can post it on that page,” Bear said.
Although the city is hosting the website, Bear said they haven’t planned a specific event but will participate in some of the other events being hosted.
Pitch-In Days will start on May 5 from 8 to 10 a.m. with an event hosted by the Downtown Improvement District, she said.
“What we will do is we will have coffee and muffins available here at the downtown office,” said Lori Bourne, office administrator at the Downtown Improvement District.
“We will ensure that we have garbage bags and gloves available for everyone to use. We will also keep the garbage bags and gloves throughout the whole week of pitch in so anyone can come in and pick them up.”
Bourne said individuals, businesses and organizations can all help out with the event, cleaning the block and alley by their place of business.
The second event scheduled will be a cleanup of the skate park by the Skateboard Park and Association on May 10, Bear said.
Needle exchange will also be helping with the spring cleanup, providing those cleaning up with sharps containers, Bourne said.
“We will supply, if people are doing a cleanup on their own or as a group, we will supply the containers,” said Lynnda Berg, VP of Primary Care for the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region.
When coming across used needles, Berg urges people to use caution.
“What we recommend is that they try to wear gloves if they are going to try to pick it up or some people use tongs or pliers,” Berg said. “If they can place it in a container, something that is fairly sturdy, like a legitimate sharps container or a peanut butter jar -- something with a very firm side.
“They don’t recommend using glass containers,” she added. “They can place that in a needle drop box or they can also drop it off at a pharmacy if they want to depose of it in that way. Pick it up with the tip pointed away so there is no danger and wash your hands after.”
If someone is uncomfortable picking up a needles, they can call the needle exchange co-ordinator at 306-765-6533.
It is important for everyone to get involved in the beautification of the city, both Bear and Bourne said.
“I always feel it is important because it just shows you are proud of your city and for us downtown it shows we are proud of our downtown and we get out there personally and start picking up some of the garbage we see that has blown in or dropped,” Bourne said. “It just makes everything look 100 per cent better when you pick up everything.”
“I think it is just a matter of community ownership and for people who live here to take ownership of the community,” Bear added. “When we see the garbage it is all of our responsibility to get out and clean it up and that includes residents but also businesses and stuff to do.”
Anyone who would like to add their event to the Pitch-In Days schedule can visit the page on the city’s website www.citypa.ca and filling out the online form or by calling the Downtown Improvement Office at 306-763-1802.
The website also has a guide to picking up and deposing of used needles.