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Cleaning up the Capital launches with thousands of volunteers registered

Already 40,000 volunteers have signed up to clean up the capital in neighbourhoods in every corner of the city's boundaries.

The 21st annual Cleaning up the Capital registration runs until May 15 and this year participants are being reminded that diversion is important.

"If they can separate their items, just to put it in bags and then incorporate it into their blue bin would be excellent and then we also provide with our kits leaf and yard waste bags so that if they wanted to collect leaves out of garden beds or things like that that make it cleaner we provide those as well," said project manager Kathryn Loyen.

She said once you've collected the garbage in your neighbourhood you can incorporate it into your bi-weekly pick-up or arrange a free separate pick-up by calling 311. Their sponsors pay for the pick-ups that aren't already on City routes and planned days.

If you live in a high rise you can simply leave the garbage where you normally take your trash. All the clean-up materials you need are provided, many donated by corporate sponsors including Tim Hortons.

The campaign has collected more than 1.6 million kg of litter in the past 20 years. 138,000 kg were picked up by 80,000 volunteers last year alone. That's the equivalent of 150 full garbage trucks.

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