It’s a sad but familiar sight in Edmonton: streets carpeted in cigarette butts, overflowing garbage cans, food wrappers and disposable cups lining the gutters. But with the return of spring, businesses and individuals aim to clean up this town.

To kick it all off, dozens of men and women clad in white jump suits and armed with litter-grabbers gathered yesterday in City Hall to sort garbage.

The Clean Up Survivor Challenge proves just how simple it is to keep Edmonton clean, said Don Belanger, program manager for Capital City Clean Up.


“If you have garbage in your hand, all you have to do is carry it to the next waste receptacle,” Belanger said.

So far, 700 volunteers have signed up to be block captains, including Mayor Stephen Mandel.

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