City asks residents to keep up on litter throughout winter

By Greg Higgins
November 11, 2017 - 8:00am Updated: November 11, 2017 - 9:15am

While snow can be beautiful and make the outdoors look festive, it can also hide a lot of loose garbage and when spring rolls around, it can create a lot of unnecessarily cleanup work for the city. 

The City of North Battleford is trying to prevent the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to litter in the winter. Garbage left on the ground can disappear in seconds when it snows and administration wants the community to be mindful of it and try to act when they can.

City manager, Jim Puffalt said there is always a planned spring clean, but if residents can help minimize litter during the winter months, it can help the city focus money and resources elsewhere.

“If you look at what we spend on labour hours we are paying for at least one person working on picking up garbage full time from April till October,” Puffalt said. “If we weren’t hit with as big a mess to clean up when the snow melts then we devote that person to something else.”

Puffalt added the city cleans up litter year round and understands it isn’t always intentional or committed out of ignorance. He said it can happen by accident sometimes by people not securing their garbage bags and bins during windy weather.

Ultimately administration doesn’t want residents to forget about litter in the winter and is reminding the community what they don’t pick up now isn’t going away and will rear its ugly head during the spring thaw. 


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