SHOW YOUR CIVIC PRIDE: The city teams up to clean up

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - After a long winter, comes a big spring clean-up.

Volunteers will be sweeping up the city's trash during Cornwall Spring Clean-Up Week, which runs from May 3 to May 10.

The annual initiative launched on Saturday, but city officials are already considering it the event's biggest year. This spring, both Downtown and Le Village Business Improvement Areas have joined the effort.

In addition, more than 600 local residents representing 42 teams have signed up to clean a park, boulevard or other public spaces.

Heather Megill had no problem trudging through the mud to help beautify the entrance of Eco Park on Sunday.

"Cornwall is a beautiful city. It's got a fantastic natural environment, and we want it to look great for our visitors and for our residents," said Megill, a Cornwall resident.

Kevin Lajoie, the city's public information co-ordinator, said six garbage bins have been placed in the Downtown and Le Village areas and they will be there all week for residents and businesses who wish to take advantage of them.

"It's great to see residents of all ages contributing their time to make our city look even better," said Lajoie.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Cornwall & District were also helping to keep Cornwall clean and green. BBBS volunteers collected loads of clothing and old electronics at the police station on Montreal Road.

"We get involved in these great days to help promote proper recycling of electronics, while helping a local charity," said Amanda Brisson, BBBS executive director. "We recycle these broken and scraped items and raise funds for our agency. It's a win-win."

The city is also holding a hazardous materials day at the landfill on Wednesday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on how to register your team, locations, and suggested supplies, visit www.cornwall.ca/en/municipalworks/SpringCleanUp.asp.

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