City of Calgary Spring Cleaning Update

Hello Northeast Calgary. I want to share some helpful information from the City of Calgary as spring, and spring cleaning, arrives!

Northeast Litter Pick-Ups with Councillor George Chahal

My Ward office and I will be in Ward 5 and 10 neighbourhoods with volunteers every Saturday in May picking up litter with volunteers. If you would like to join one (or more) of these, please fill out this form.

The City of Calgary has an important role to play in making sure our communities are clean, but so do you. This is one of the best ways to get outside and explore your neighbourhood, while making a difference! If you don't have supplies, the City will provide TLC (The Litter Cleanup) kits for free!

Chahal's Annual Cleanup - June 19, 2021

On top of my Northeast Litter Pick-Ups, I will still be hosting my annual cleanup! It will be taking place all day on June 19, 2021. Sign up here.

Community Cleanups

Community Cleanup events help save you a trip to the landfill for items that do not fit in your waste and recycling carts, or if you do not have cart service. This service is free of charge to all Calgarians.

The City supplies three packer trucks with crews (two for waste and one for organic materials), face coverings, sanitizer, gloves, and garbage bags for the group of community volunteers.

Find a Community Cleanup closest to you here.

Weekly green cart pickup resumes the last week of April

Visit this page to check your pickup schedule and to sign up for handy reminders including text, email or phone. You can also download the Calgary Garbage Day app.

Free yard waste disposal at City landfills

You may dispose of yard waste at City of Calgary landfills for free from April 19 to May 30, 2021. City landfills accept yard waste year-round. However, the yard waste rate applies at other times of year.

Keep in mind that:
- Loads should only have leaves, branches, plants and grass clippings. No food waste or sod – put these items in your green cart.
- Any loads containing garbage or sod will be subject to regular landfill fees.

Check landfill locations and hours here.

Compost giveaways

Compost will be available for pickup, by appointment only, from May 10 to June 26 at Shepard and Spyhill landfills during operating hours. For more information check out this page.

If your organization would like to request complimentary Category A compost, please email my office for a request form.

Street sweeping

The City's annual street cleaning program is underway! You will be noticing signs in your neighbourhood soon. Visit this page to find out approximately when City crews will be in your neighbourhoods. If there is a discrepancy between posted signs and the website, defer to the date and time indicated by the signs.

Illegal dumping

My office has received many reports of illegal dumping taking place in Ward 5 and 10. This is a city-wide issue, and the City is working with the Calgary Police Service and responsible citizens to address this. Here is what you should do when you observe illegal dumping.

If You Witness Someone Dumping Illegally

1. Write down as much information as you can including:
• Licence plate number
• Description of the vehicle
• Description of the people
• Description of the items being dumped
• Time the incident happened
• Location the incident happened

2. Take a photo if you are able and it is safe to do so

3. Call 311 or report online (City property; Debris in Back Lane; Debris on Street/Sidewalk/Boulevard)

4. Provide your name, address, phone number and the details of your concern in case your testimony is required in court.

If You Didn't Witness the Incident

If you have a concern about illegal dumping but did not witness the incident:
• Discuss the concern with the property owner
• Record the address of the violation and a description of the problem if you can't resolve it directly with the property owner
• Call 311 or report online (City property; Debris in Back Lane; Debris on Street/Sidewalk/Boulevard)
• Provide your name, address, phone number, and the details of your concern in case your testimony is required in court

Responding To Your Complaint

After you call 311, The City takes these steps to help with your issue:
1. A Service Request is created specifying your concerns
2. A Community Standards Peace Officer will review the Service Request and begin their investigation, usually within 7-10 business days
3. The officer may contact you to complete a witness statement or obtain further information
4. The officer may issue an order or warning notice to remedy the problem within a specified time frame
5. A violation ticket may also be issued as a last resort, depending on the circumstances
6. You may be contacted to appear as a witness if the matter goes to court

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