Annual Spring Clean-Up to Finish this Week, Report Missed Streets Until Friday, May 20

May 11, 2016

Starting on Friday May 13, until Friday, May 20, 311 will be taking reports of missed streets and deficiencies. If your street has not been swept by that time, please contact 311, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at

On Sunday, April 17, around 10:00 p.m., crews began the annual city-wide spring clean-up operation.

Over 500 staff have been sweeping the entire street network including back lanes, initially focusing on the downtown area, major routes, bridges and overpasses. Sidewalks, active transportation pathways, boulevards and medians have also been swept on main routes, bus routes and collector streets. As well, crews have been cleaning up litter and debris within our city parks. Clean up of boulevards in residential areas has been limited to areas where there is excessive accumulation of sand.

Each year, over 300 pieces of heavy equipment clean up 45,000 tonnes of sand and debris from streets during the operation.

Citizens are urged not to rake yard waste material or other debris onto streets as this can plug drains and cause pooling problems as well as increase the risk of basement flooding. Debris should be put out for regular garbage collection. Compostable yard waste material (e.g., grass clippings, leaves) can be placed out for yard waste collection in any reusable containers without a lid, cardboard boxes, or paper yard waste bags.

Motorists and pedestrians are again reminded to stay back and stay safe from trucks and heavy equipment that will be working in the coming weeks.

For more information on the spring clean-up and yard waste removal, visit: