Spring Into Action Against Litter!

Today, Take Pride Winnipeg! released the results of its annual Litter Index.

The Litter Index is rated 1 to 4, with a score of 1 representing no litter, and a score of 4 representing extremely littered. The city of Winnipeg was divided into 12 areas and streets in each area were rated – click here to see results. The average score for Winnipeg as a whole was 2.19 in March 2015 (to compare, April 2014 scored 2.14).

“Every spring, we encounter many months’ worth of litter that had been hidden by the snow,” says Tom Ethans, executive director, Take Pride Winnipeg!. “Ideally, we would love to see no litter on the streets at all, but unfortunately, there are a lot of littered streets, and we need all Winnipeggers to do their part in cleaning them up.”

Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up campaign aims to beautify the community through the efforts of thousands of volunteers picking up litter in their neighbourhoods. Take Pride Winnipeg! will provide free garbage bags to any community group, family, business or school who wishes to join the team. To date, close to 2,500 volunteers have registered their spring cleanups. It is estimated that over 25,000 people will register to participate in litter cleanups this year.

To register your cleanup, please click here. Cleanup groups can ask to be promoted on Take Pride Winnipeg!’s Facebook page, which will be updated frequently for those wishing to join cleanups in progress in their neighbourhood. Registered community group cleanups will be entered for prize draws as well.

Take Pride Winnipeg! wishes to thank its title sponsor, Tim Hortons, as well as partners City of Winnipeg, Progressive Waste Solutions, Green Manitoba, and major sponsors Johnston Group, MTS Centre/True North Arena, Winnipeg Free Press and Keep America Beautiful for all their support.