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Community cleanups save Calgarians a trip to the dump

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.

Community members bring their household waste and electronics to be recycled to the community cleanup in Glenbrook in Calgary on Saturday, May 7, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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, 2022Renfrew811 Radford Road NE
Sunday, May 8, 2022Varsity4303 Varsity Drive NW
Sunday, May 8, 2022Wildwood and Spruce Cliff4411 Spruce Drive SW
Saturday, May 14, 2022Acadia240 90 Avenue SE
Saturday, May 14, 2022Rosscarrock4411 10 Avenue SW
Saturday, May 14, 2022Sherwood and Nolan HillUnit 10, 11800 Sarcee Trail NW
Sunday, May 15, 2022Bowness7904 43 Avenue NW
Sunday, May 15, 2022Crescent Heights1101 2 Street NW
Sunday, May 15, 2022Tuscany212 Tuscany Way NW
Saturday May 21, 2022Calgary Bridge Centre1136 8 Street SE
Saturday, May 21, 2022Hawkwood650 Hawkwood Blvd NW
Saturday, May 21, 2022Kincora38 Kincora Rise NW
Sunday, May 22, 2022Haysboro1204 89 Avenue SW
Sunday, May 22, 2022North Star11950 Country Village Link NE
Sunday, May 22, 2022Skyview Ranch65 Skyview Ranch Street NE
Saturday, May 28, 2022Brentwood1520 Northmount Drive NW
Saturday, May 28, 2022Mayfair Bel-Aire and Meadowlark1011 Beverley Blvd SW
Saturday, May 28, 2022Thorncliffe Greenview5600 Centre Street NE
Sunday, May 29, 2022Canyon Meadows848 Cantabrian Drive SW
Sunday, May 29, 2022Lake Bonavista1401 Acadia Drive SE
Sunday, May 29, 2022West Hillhurst1940 6 Avenue NW