Spring is in the air—and that means birds chirping, flowers blooming, and the weekend rumble of dump trucks.
The annual springtime community cleanup is back, and for the next few months Calgarians can save themselves a trip to the dump by taking a trip to their local community association. The cleanups run every weekend until the end of September.
“This is a great way for residents to clean up their back alleys, clean up their yards,” said Mary Kuipers-Morris, a volunteer organizer with the Glenbrook Community Association cleanup.
“A lot of people can’t take their items to the dump, so they know that we have this event every year,” she said.
Unlike taking a load of unwanted household items and waste to the dump, the community cleanups are free. Items the City of Calgary accepts includes furniture, toilets, broken recreational products, old lumber, and even some weirder things like garden gnomes and taxidermy collections.
Large appliances like stoves, barbecues and lawnmowers are not accepted. Neither are any items containing hazardous chemicals like car batteries, cooking oil, or old paint cans.
Demand is growing year-over-year
Last year in 2021, the city collected more than a million kilograms of garbage and organics.
Kuipers-Morris said that the Glenbrook Community Association has had to revamp the way people access their community cleanup due to demand. The association used to have people access the cleanup from 45 Street SW, but now has people line up around the block starting at 33 Avenue SW.
“It’s growing—we’re getting more and more people come and our lineups are longer than we’ve ever had,” she said.
Kuipers-Morris has been organizing the cleanups for her community for the past 10 years. She said that they moved their community cleanup from the fall to the springtime to better match with people doing spring cleaning.
And although the Glenbrook Community cleanup ended at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, she suggested that anyone who missed it could take advantage of the other upcoming ones. The cleanups are open to anyone regardless of what community they live in.
“And if you can’t make it to ours, you can take your stuff to any other community,” she said.
May schedule for cleanups
Unless otherwise noted, all community cleanups begin at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. For a full listing of cleanups, see the City of Calgary’s website at calgary.ca.
|Sunday, May 8, 2022||Renfrew||811 Radford Road NE|
|Sunday, May 8, 2022||Varsity||4303 Varsity Drive NW|
|Sunday, May 8, 2022||Wildwood and Spruce Cliff||4411 Spruce Drive SW|
|Saturday, May 14, 2022||Acadia||240 90 Avenue SE|
|Saturday, May 14, 2022||Rosscarrock||4411 10 Avenue SW|
|Saturday, May 14, 2022||Sherwood and Nolan Hill||Unit 10, 11800 Sarcee Trail NW|
|Sunday, May 15, 2022||Bowness||7904 43 Avenue NW|
|Sunday, May 15, 2022||Crescent Heights||1101 2 Street NW|
|Sunday, May 15, 2022||Tuscany||212 Tuscany Way NW|
|Saturday May 21, 2022||Calgary Bridge Centre||1136 8 Street SE|
|Saturday, May 21, 2022||Hawkwood||650 Hawkwood Blvd NW|
|Saturday, May 21, 2022||Kincora||38 Kincora Rise NW|
|Sunday, May 22, 2022||Haysboro||1204 89 Avenue SW|
|Sunday, May 22, 2022||North Star||11950 Country Village Link NE|
|Sunday, May 22, 2022||Skyview Ranch||65 Skyview Ranch Street NE|
|Saturday, May 28, 2022||Brentwood||1520 Northmount Drive NW|
|Saturday, May 28, 2022||Mayfair Bel-Aire and Meadowlark||1011 Beverley Blvd SW|
|Saturday, May 28, 2022||Thorncliffe Greenview||5600 Centre Street NE|
|Sunday, May 29, 2022||Canyon Meadows||848 Cantabrian Drive SW|
|Sunday, May 29, 2022||Lake Bonavista||1401 Acadia Drive SE|
|Sunday, May 29, 2022||West Hillhurst||1940 6 Avenue NW|