A record amount of garbage was collected by volunteers yesterday in Downtown Halifax. There were 35 teams with a total of 158 volunteers that collected 53 bags of garbage, 37 bags of recycling, and 16 bags of compost and many “interesting” objects throughout Downtown Halifax while participating in the 23rd Annual Clean Sweep, presented by Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC). Compared to last year, this is more than double the amount of waste, recycling, and compost picked up by volunteers. An additional four teams with a total of 20 volunteers painted four picnic tables for the public to enjoy throughout the summer. The four tables, along with 45 other picnic tables, will be placed in various public green spaces throughout Downtown Halifax. These join the tables and Adirondack chairs that the Municipality placed in Grand Parade.
The event brought members of local companies, non-profit organizations, and groups of friends to the streets to clean designated city blocks in Downtown Halifax. The day was also the official kick-off for DHBC’s Enviro Team, a group of seven students hired to provide tourist information and maintain the cleanliness of Downtown Halifax throughout the summer.
“We’re thrilled at the number of volunteers that participated this year,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “The sidewalks are cleaner and the picnic tables are colourful and welcoming. The volunteers also left the event with deeper awareness of the litter issue in our city streets and what the Enviro Team encounters on a daily basis.”
Clean Sweep included a one-hour clean-up of the Downtown with lunch, prizes and awards afterwards for registered teams in Grand Parade. The three award categories were: “Most Garbage Collected,” which went to Marriott Harbourfront Harbourstone Restaurant; “Most Unusual Garbage Item” went to Aon Reed Stenhouse, the item being a fishing net with a lobster claw; and the “Most Enthusiastic/Creative Team” went to the Cambridge Suites Hotel. The team that won the “Golden Paintbrush” award for painting picnic tables was Encana Corporation.
The following organizations volunteered in this year’s Clean Sweep: Aon Reed Stenhouse, Atlantic Superstore, BBB Atlantic Provinces, Boston Pizza, Cambridge Suites Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Crombie REIT, Delta Barrington, Delta Halifax, Durty Nelly's, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador, Encana Corporation, Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Gahan House, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, Gerald Walsh Associates Inc., McInnes Cooper, McCor Management, Nova Scotia Environment, Parks Canada-Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, The Prince George Hotel, The Stubborn Goat Gastropub, The Stubborn Goat Beer Garden, The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Titan Security, and Trampoline Branding.
This year’s prizes were generously donated by: Aon Reed Stenhouse, Atlantic Graffiti Removal, Boston Pizza, Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and Starbucks. Supporters of this year’s Clean Sweep event include: MacFarlands, Royal Environmental, and Sicilian Pizza.