Keep Vancouver Spectacular – Keep Your Neighbourhood Green & Clean

2 May


Every May, the City of Vancouver, puts on a city-wide clean up campaign called “Keep Vancouver Spectacular” from May 1st – May 31st.  This initiative began in 1996 and was a co-orindated effort between the City of Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver and Oceans Blue Foundation. It has evolved with a variety of sponsors over  the years. People get together individually or in groups to clean up their neighbourhood streets, lanes, parks and shorelines.  The City of Vancouver supplies the tools which include:

•             Garbage bags
•             Gloves, cleanup tools (thongs)
•             Free pickup of litter collected

As a past Block Captain there is satisfaction in everything looking green and clean in your neighbourhood. It is amazing how much garbage can be picked up with a small group of people.  It is rather simple if you are the one doing the organizing. You simply go online fill out the registration form. After that, the City delivers you the requested items. Enlist a few volunteers. Designate a location that everyone in your group returns the garbage to. The time commitment is what you make it, but generally 1 to 2 hours is the average.    If neighbours need a little encouragement to participate, truth be told, I have enticed a few neighbours with fresh coffee and donuts.

If you are not an organizer, but wish to volunteer, many neighbourhoods are now looking for volunteers for their clean up campaigns such as South Hill Business Association (along Fraser Street between 41st and 50th Avenues)  South Hill BIA is holding their annual clean up this Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. The Victoria Drive Business Improvement Association is holding their clean up campaign on Sunday, June 23, 2013 and to boot, they will be providing lunch. For more details or to volunteer, call T: 604-323-2301 or email

In 2012, 16,400 volunteers in 180 groups came together to fill more than 6,000 bags with litter. Now that’s spectacular!

Photo Credit: South Hill Business Association

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