City Wide Spring Clean-up & Community Clean-up Events

City-Wide Spring Clean-up

On Tuesday, April 18, crews will begin the 2017 city-wide spring clean up operation, sweeping the entire street network including back lanes over the next five to six weeks. Crews will initially focus on the downtown area, major routes, bridges and overpasses.

During the $6 million operation, sidewalks, active transportation pathways, boulevards and medians will also be swept on main routes, bus routes and collector streets. As well, crews will be cleaning up litter and debris within our City parks. Clean up of boulevards in residential areas will be limited to areas where there is excessive accumulation of sand:

  • Sand and debris will be removed from more than 7,000 lane km of streets, 1,600 lane km of walkways and over 50 bridges and medians.
  • The spring clean up operation involves over 300 pieces of equipment and approx. 500 staff, including both City and contractor personnel.

More information is available at

Avoid a Ticket and Tow:  To assist in efficient street cleaning operations, temporary “no parking” signs will be placed on some streets to restrict on-street parking during scheduled cleaning times. Please note that not all streets will be signed during spring clean up. The City will only sign the streets where parked vehicles present a problem to street cleaning. When these signs are in place, motorists are encouraged to find alternate parking during the posted times to avoid being ticketed or towed.  If you believe your vehicle has been towed due to spring clean up, please contact 311 to locate it.

Yard Waste Collection Program:  Citizens are urged not to rake yard waste material or other debris onto streets as this can plug drains and cause ponding problems as well as increase the risk of basement flooding. Debris should be put out for regular garbage collection. Compostable yard waste material (e.g., grass clippings, leaves) can be placed out for yard waste collection in any reusable containers without a lid, cardboard boxes, or paper yard waste bags.

For residents in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward, this year’s curbside yard waste collection program will begin the week of April 24. Residents can also drop off yard waste for free at the Brady or Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depots. Yard waste is collected at the curb once every two weeks, on the same collection day as recycling and garbage.

Residents can find out their yard waste collection day by:

More information on the curbside yard waste program is available at

Community Clean-up Events in South Winnipeg-St. Norbert

The hard-working volunteers who help to keep the wheels of our communities moving forward have coordinated FIVE spring clean-ups in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward this spring.   I’m very pleased to support the efforts of these invaluable residents associations, and would like to share details of their upcoming events:

  • Saturday, April 22 – Richmond West Neighbourhood Association – SEE DETAILS
  • Saturday, May 6 – Bridgwater Lakes Neighbouhood Association – SEE DETAILS
  • Saturday, May 6 – Bridgwater Trails Neighbourhood Association – SEE DETAILS
  • Saturday, May 13 – South Pointe Residents’ Group – SEE DETAILS
  • Saturday, May 13 – Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association – SEE DETAILS*

*Additional details of Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association’s event are in the article below.  My thanks to the Sou’Wester for reporting on this community event.

Spring cleanup is just around the corner


Kerri Neish of the Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association recently gathered a small group of residents for a planning session. The goal was to map out what the next few months would look like for area residents.

First on the list? Spring cleaning!

Is there work to be done? Absolutely. In fact, approximately 250 bags were filled during last year’s cleanup. This year’s cleanup will be on Sat., May 13 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Mark the date and join in — it’s a great way to meet some of your neighbours.

And, if you haven’t been paying attention, there has even been a call out to identify damage caused by the snow cleaning over the winter.  Have you seen something?  Grab your phone and snap a photo. Post it along with the location on the BFNA Facebook page. The information will then be shared with Coun. Janice Lukes (South Winnipeg – St Norbert Ward).

Make sure that you follow the Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood Association Facebook. Their Twitter handle is @BridgwaterFNA.

Stay up to date on all that is happening in the area.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.