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Winnipeg’s spring cleanup to start next week, city launches website for updates on work

City officials will update Winnipeggers on the ongoing response to COVID-19 and give details about the annual spring cleanup plans at a Friday morning press conference.
City officials will update Winnipeggers on the ongoing response to COVID-19 and give details about the annual spring cleanup plans at a Friday morning press conference. File / Global News

As Winnipeg’s annual spring cleanup kicks off next week, the city has launched a new website to help Winnipeggers keep up with progress and stay out of the way of cleanup crews.

The cleanup will get started on city streets starting Monday at 10 a.m. and the work is expected to take anywhere from five to six weeks.

The city has launched a new website that includes an interactive map to help Winnipeggers see when crews are scheduled to clean up streets in their neighbourhood and when they finish.

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“The portal will have information on parking restrictions, safety tips, comprehensive frequently asked questions, and a brand new searchable progress map that will provide information about scheduling for street sweeping 24 hours before scheduled operations,” explained Mayor Brian Bowman.

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The city says its Know Your Zone app has also been updated to provide the same information.

The free updated app is currently only for android devices on the Google Play App, but the city says it should be available for Apple devices at the Apple App Store in the coming days.

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Parking during the cleanup

The City advises that although parking restrictions were relaxed last month to accommodate people working from home, some people will still need to move their vehicle before crews can clean.

And because not all streets will get no parking signs ahead of cleanup, Bowman is encouraging Winnipeggers to download the Know Your Zone app, or go to the city’s website to find more information on the cleanup plans.

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The cost of a parking ticket is $150 ($112.50 if paid within 14 days), and the cost of a tow is $120.23.

Meanwhile the city says curbside yard waste collection will begin on May 4th for area “A”, and the week of May 11th for area “B”.

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Winnipeggers are being encouraged not to rake yard waste or other debris into the streets because it can plug drains, cause ponding problems, as well as increase the risk of basement flooding.

Winniepggers can also drop off yard waste for free at one of the City’s 4R Winnipeg Depots. Yard waste is collected at the curb once every two weeks, on the same day as recycling and garbage.

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Hundreds of City of Winnipeg employees temporarily laid off due to coronavirus
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