On Wednesday, June 5, Downtown Halifax will be filled with 37 teams, totalling 190 volunteers and representing 22 local businesses and organizations, sweeping the streets at the 25th Anniversary Clean Sweep. The event, presented by Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC), also serves as an official kick-off for DHBC’s Downtown Halifax Crew, a dedicated group of seven university students, that provide tourist information and keep Downtown Halifax clean throughout the spring and summer.
“It’s hard to believe this is the 25th anniversary of Clean Sweep,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “It’s been a long-standing event for DHBC and we’re pleased that Mayor Mike Savage will be acknowledging the event by saying a few encouraging words to our hard-working volunteers before they head out to make the Downtown area spotless.”
New at this year’s event, is “Curate Clean-Up.” On site, there will be a selection of artists spearheaded by Adriana Afford, owner of Argyle Fine Art, who will be accepting items the participants may find while “clean-sweeping.” Artists Susan Slade, Ed Beals, and William Rudolph will show samples of their artwork and examples of some of the items they use to make them. Their artwork demonstrates the importance of thinking about “upcycling” first rather than throwing items away. The artists will also be accepting donations of items they can use in the future (e.g., metal parts from bicycles or broken machinery, broken bits of jewelry, miniature anything, marbles, bottles, etc.).
Clean Sweep teams meet in Grand Parade before dispersing to clean their designated areas of Downtown Halifax for one hour. The following businesses have registered teams for this year’s Clean Sweep: Aon, The Barrington Hotel, The Bertossi Group, Beyond Trust, Breakhouse, Cambridge Suites Hotel, Crombie REIT, Develop Nova Scotia, Encana, FBM, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites/The Hollis, Hotel Halifax, Joyfully Retired, Life SalonSpa Halifax, Manga Hotels, McInnes Cooper, NovaScotian Crystal, Parks Canada/Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Salesforce, Scotiabank, Westin Nova Scotian, and World Wildlife Fund.
DHBC would like to thank Argyle Fine Art, Atlantic Superstore, Clean Nova Scotia Foundation, Halifax Regional Municipality, MacFarlands, Royal Environmental, and Freeman’s Little New York for their support in making the 25th Anniversary Clean Sweep possible.