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City celebrates National Volunteer Week and the thousands of volunteers who take part in spring cleanups each year

April 16 2018 Residents invited to join the Annual Spring Neighbourhood Cleanup Party

“I want to say a huge thank you to the thousands of volunteers who come out every year for the City’s neighbourhood cleanup programs. It’s thanks to your continued efforts that our city is a beautiful and safer place to live,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Group of community volunteers help clean up in a park

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the City is inviting all Vancouver residents to a party to be proud of – the Neighbourhood Cleanup Party. For more than 23 years residents have been coming together to help clean up neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver with more than 20,000 people participating in the City’s cleanup programs each year. On Friday, April 27, residents can get in the spring cleaning spirit by joining the kick-off event for the City’s Annual Spring Neighbourhood Cleanup Party.

“We are well on our way to becoming the greenest city in the world, and we need all Vancouverites to pitch in and help keep our city clean, vibrant and green,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “I want to say a huge thank you to the thousands of volunteers who come out every year for the City’s neighbourhood cleanup programs. It’s thanks to your continued efforts that our city is a beautiful and safer place to live.” 

Over the years, neighbourhood cleanups have been opportunities to gather friends, family and colleagues together to, yes, pick up litter, but even more so to build a sense of community and purpose. In honour of the spirit of these cleanups, the City is launching a new name for the program that reflects the spirit of the events. This year, Keep Vancouver Spectacular will transform, putting the years of memories into the vault to become the Neighbourhood Cleanup Party! Because it’s not just about picking up litter, it’s about helping Vancouver’s neighbourhoods feel cleaner and safer, and having a whole lot of fun at the same time.

The City works to keep Vancouver’s streets clean through street sweeping, graffiti removal and litter collection. In addition to that, residents and businesses are a valued part of keeping the city clean, vibrant, and litter free and cleanup parties are a great way to get involved. When residents host or join a cleanup the City will provide garbage bags, gloves and other cleanup tools, and free pick up of litter collected.

Learn about street and sidewalk cleaning and maintenance

Take part

You’re invited to the Annual Spring Neighbourhood Cleanup Party!

Join in the annual kick-off event to take part in a cleanup, meet new friends, or maybe just do something fun and new that gives back to the city you love. Participants will be invited for hot drinks and pastries before the cleanup. 

  • Date: Friday, April 27
  • Time: 7:30am to 10:15am
  • Various locations

Get details on cleanup locations

Community partners include Tourism Vancouver, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Downtown BIA, Robson BIA, and West End BIA.

Want to host your own party? It’s easy!

Hosting a Neighbourhood Cleanup Party is easy – pick a date, invite your guests, receive cleaning supplies, and arrange for the City to pick up garbage bags when you’re done.

Host a cleanup

Stay connected with #CleanUpParty and #CleanCanadaTogether.