Released June 10, 2020
WEYBURN– With the cancellation of this year’s Mayor’s Cleanup, the Weyburn Youth Council is encouraging the community to come together in a different way to tidy-up.
From June 15-19, Weyburn Youth Councillors will be doing their part by collecting and disposing of litter around their homes, along trails and in parks and public spaces. The Youth Council encourages residents and businesses to do the same.
“With the unfortunate reality of the Covid-19 restrictions, some of our wonderful events have been cancelled this year. However, in an incredible act of community our Youth Council has come up with a great way to improve our beautiful city while staying safe,” said Coun. Jeff Richards, who sits as an advisor on the Weyburn Youth Council.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this will not be an organized event and instead an online campaign to spread awareness and promote cleaner cities. Participants are encouraged to focus on collecting litter in public spaces and neighbourhoods as individuals or in small groups from the same household.
Unlike the Mayor’s Cleanup, items such as brooms, shovels and wheelbarrows will not be provided. Please contact the City of Weyburn Parks Dept. at (306) 848-3290 to organize pick-up of bagged litter if public bins are full.
Follow the @weyburnyouthcouncil on Instagram and use #wyccleanup to share how you are getting involved. Show your pride for Weyburn and encourage others to help make it a cleaner community.
SAFETY DURING COVID-19
In accordance with Saskatchewan Health Authority guidelines, participants are encouraged to clean-up as individuals or in small groups of people from the same household. Please maintain a distance of two-metres between people and no more than 10 people in the area at a time.
Those choosing to participate should also follow these additional guidelines provided by the local public health authority:
- No mass gatherings (2-3 people max is strongly encouraged).
- If children are participating, ensure adult supervision.
- No “wind-up” or smaller activities shall be held.
- Communication will be done electronically to maintain physical distance.
Proper equipment including gloves, masks, closed-toed shoes, hand sanitizer, garbage bags, pickers, sticks, brooms and dust pans should be used.
Participants collecting litter in their neighbourhood along sidewalks and back alleys can dispose of it with the household garbage in their refuse cart.
Below are designated public spaces with city garbage bins, which the Youth Council encourages residents to explore and clean-up. Please remember, no more than 30 people can be in the outdoor area at the same time.
- Tatagwa Trails
- City of Weyburn public parks
- Souris River bank (dispose litter in closest public bin; contact the Parks Dept. for pick-up of litter collected in bags ONLY)
The Weyburn Youth Council also encourages downtown businesses to clean-up outside their properties. Litter can be disposed in the public bins located around downtown. Disposal of large items in public bins is prohibited; the focus of the Weyburn Youth Council Cleanup campaign is on litter.
Do not touch hazardous waste or sharp objects such as needles. Please phone the Weyburn Fire Department at (306) 848-3240 for assistance.