Cleaning up the Capital

cleaningthecapitalThe time has come once again to organize your teams to help “Clean up the Capital”.


Now in its 25th year, this bi-annual city-wide cleaning campaign brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 75,547 volunteers collected 60,437 kg of litter during 1,259 cleanup events.

To date, there are over 810 projects and 53,039 participants registered, including 61 graffiti removal projects!

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. GLAD Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

To participate, simply:

  • Pick your project site, your cleanup date (rain date too!), and time.
  • Promote your project and gather your project team.
  • Be sure to plan ahead for the proper disposal of compost, garbage, recycling, leaf-and-yard waste and any other hazardous items you may collect.

This week in Stittsville:


Lots of clean-ups are taking place in Stittsville this weekend!


  • Come join the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society as they Clean up the Capital in Village Square Park (at the corner of Abbott and Stittsville Main) as well as their adopted portion of the TransCanada Trail (from Village Square down to the Separate High School, and from Village Square up to Westridge). This clean-up begins Saturday April 28th at 10am. Bags will be provided, but you might like to bring along your own gloves and garbage picks for hard to reach places.
  • Also on April 28th from 10-noon, residents in the Crossing Bridge community will be meeting in Crossing Bridge Park by A. Lorne Cassidy school for their spring clean-up. Rain-date is on Sunday at the same time!
  • Blackstone and Fernbank Crossing will also be out and about April 28th. From 9-12 AM, residents will meet under the gazebo in Blackstone Park before branching out to 3 targeted areas of the community. Volunteers in the area are encouraged to join these efforts. Limited supplies will be provided but volunteers are asked to bring what they can (garbage bags, gloves, brooms, shovels etc.) to make sure the clean-up goes smoothly!


Other clean-ups this weekend include:

Brown’s Independent Grocer April 28th 9:00-11:30
Crantham Cres. April 28th 12:00-4:00
Whalings Circle (select areas) April 28th 10:00-12:00
Fringewood Dr. April 28th 1:00-3:00
Amberway Park April 28th 10:00-12:00
Robert Grant Ave. April 29th 9:00-3:00
Stittsville Main St. April 29th 10:30-12:00
A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School May 3rd 1:00-1:30


If you’re organizing a clean-up, send me an email and let me know! I would be happy to stop by and share mention of it in my electronic weekly newsletter.

Thanks to all the volunteers doing clean-ups around Stittsville for keeping our community looking great!

To learn more or to register a team of your own, please visit