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Spring Up to Clean Up is a community-wide litter clean-up campaign funded by the City of Thunder Bay and delivered by EcoSuperior to help keep our City clean, green and beautiful. This program would not be possible without the help of so many dedicated volunteers and our event sponsors.

 

 

 

How it all began ...

 

In May 1996, Elizabeth DeBakker, a 10 year-old student at École Gron Morgon School, addressed Thunder Bay’s City Council expressing her concern over debris found in city parks. As a result of this deputation City Council passed a resolution requesting the development of a municipal clean up program. A steering committee was established to develop an action plan to accomplish the goals of Ms. DeBakker.

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As a result, citizens all across Thunder Bay participated in our first ever community-wide clean up. The 1997 campaign was a success with sixty-five areas of the city cleaned up throughout the month of May by almost 5,000 participants. These numbers have increased over the years to 11,000 volunteers cleaning up over 250 areas of the City.

 

 

Spring Up to Clean Up 2018 Program Partners

 

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Spring Up to Clean Up 2018 Program Sponsors

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Spring Up to Clean Up is a community-wide litter clean-up campaign funded by the City of Thunder Bay and delivered by EcoSuperior to help keep our City clean, green and beautiful. This program would not be possible without the help of so many dedicated volunteers and our event sponsors.

In May 1996, Elizabeth DeBakker, a 10 year-old student at École Gron Morgon School, addressed Thunder Bay’s City Council expressing her concern over debris found in city parks. As a result of this deputation City Council passed a resolution requesting the development of a municipal clean up program. A steering committee was established to develop an action plan to accomplish the goals of Ms. DeBakker.

As a result, citizens all across Thunder Bay participated in our first ever community-wide clean up. The 1997 campaign was a success with sixty-five areas of the city cleaned up throughout the month of May by almost 5,000 participants. These numbers have increased over the years to 11,000 volunteers cleaning up over 250 areas of the City.

- See more at: http://www.ecosuperior.org/article/spring-up-history-210.asp#sthash.xJC6NCVh.dpuf

 

If you are interested in becoming a program partner or sponsor, contact Shannon at (807) 624-2142 or ecosuperior%23org|shannon or Julia at (807) 624 2143 or ecosuperior%23org|julia to learn more!

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What should we do with the garbage we pick up?


A: Please use the white Spring Up bags provided. Here are some different options for what to do with the garbage:


1) The white Spring Up bags may be put out for curbside pick-up without counting towards the regular 3 bag limit.

2) Put the garbage in your own bin.

3) Use your landfill pass (if requested) to take the garbage out to the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility at 5405 Mapleward Rd. There is no charge if you submit your pass.

4) Some companies make arrangements with a local hauler to provide a bin and pick-up for the event.

5) Contact Shannon at 624-2142 or shannon@ecosuperior.org to arrange special pick-up by City of Thunder Bay Waste Management. Pick-up will be arranged for large clean-ups.  This may require bringing the bags or items to a central, visible location (within a short distance) for pickup.

6) Larger items (couches, tires, etc.) will need to be transported to the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility at 5405 Mapleward Rd. by volunteers. A landfill pass can be provided.



Q: What should we do with the recycling?


A: Please use the blue or clear bag(s) provided for recyclables.

In the case of workplaces, these items may be added to your workplace’s recycling or taken home by a staff member for curbside pick-up. For other clean-ups, please use the City's recycling depots or put the recycling out for curbside pick-up on your regular collection day.


Q: What if we find a very large item (tires, shopping carts, car parts, etc.)?


A: Unless otherwise arranged, it is the responsibilty of the volunteers to dispose of the all the garbage collected as part of their clean-ups. 

Larger items (couches, tires, etc.) will need to be transported to the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility at 5405 Mapleward Rd. by volunteers. A landfill pass can be provided. If you are unable to transport larger items, please do not remove them as part of your clean-up. You may report them to City of Thunder Bay, Waste Management Division at 625-2195, but removal may not be immediate.

 

If you find a shopping cart that is still in usable condition, please report it to the retailer.



Q: What do we do if we find a needle?


A: Do not touch it - leave the needle where it is.

If possible, cover it with a hard object (i.e. a container) and mark the spot so it will be easy to find again. Make a detailed description of where the needle is located. Call Superior Points at 625-8831 or 625-7996 and they will arrange for removal.

Please Note: For the health and safety of your community and sanitation workers, used needles are not accepted in the garbage or recyclables. Contact City of Thunder Bay, Waste Management Division at 625-2195 for more information.


Q: We want to participate in the 20 Minute Makeover, but 10 am is not a good time for our workplace. Can we do it at a different time? Or what if it rains?


A: You can choose to do your 20 Minute Makeover at a time the works for you!

Though it is great to have people out cleaning up at the same time, if this time doesn’t work, you are definitely welcome to complete the clean-up when it is most convenient, and the weather is fair.



Q: Can we do our cleanup outside of May?


A: Yes!

Some groups prefer to coordinate their cleanups at the same time as Earth Day or Earth Week. We will extend the same support (gloves, draw prizes, public recognition).



Q: Can time spent on my Spring Up clean-up be counted as community service hours?


A: Yes!

Be sure to bring all necessary paperwork and have an authorized person (EcoSuperior representative, teacher) sign your community service credit papers.


Thank you for helping make Thunder Bay clean, green and beautiful!

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