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Spring spruce-up: annual ‘Keep the County Clean’ events launch - Wrap-up BBQ for public planned

Posted on Wednesday April 12, 2017

Cobourg, ON – April 12, 2017 –  Volunteers from across Northumberland are teaming up to deliver a ‘spring clean’ to the county as part of the ninth annual County Mayors’ ‘Keep the County Clean’ Challenge.  From April 16-22, the County and its area municipalities are encouraging all residents to join in both organized and independent activities to help clean up their neighbourhoods.  The  Challenge concludes April 22nd with a free appreciation barbecue and festivities for the entire community at the County recycling plant in Grafton.

“As we enter the ninth year of this Challenge, it is so inspiring to see how the community has embraced these activities,” stated Mobushar Pannu, Director of Transportation and Waste. “Since the beginning, more than 16,700 volunteers have come together to remove waste from our recreation areas and roadsides. We thank the many people who have donated their time over the years to beautifying Northumberland’s neighbourhoods.”

The Challenge itself consists of two activities:

  • The Week Long Litter Clean-up: individuals and groups are invited to demonstrate community spirit by registering with their municipality to clean-up a public area (park, nature-trail, roadside, etc).  Visit the County website at for contact details specific to each municipality.

  • The 20 Minute Makeover: on Friday, April 21, individuals are encouraged to spend a few minutes beautifying an area in and around their neighbourhood.  Suggested options include place of work, local parks, trails, and school yards.   No registration is required—people can just grab a bag and some gloves and head outdoors!

County Warden Mark Walas is an ardent supporter of the Mayors’ Challenge.  “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our very civic-minded residents, we are making significant strides in reversing the impact of litter and illegal dumping in our community. Over the last nine years, well over 26,600 bags of trash have been removed from our public areas as a result of these efforts. As a visual, lining these bags up side-by-side would cover the distance from Cobourg to Grafton. While it is unfortunate that litter and illegal dumping are problems we must deal with, Council and staff are very appreciative of the collaboration with members of our community to deliver such an inspiring outcome.”

As a wrap-up to this community spirit week, the County will be hosting a free appreciation barbecue and Open House at the Material Recovery Facility (located north of Grafton on Edwardson Rd.) on Saturday, April 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This barbecue is a family-oriented event offering guided tours of the facility, large vehicles for children to explore, door prizes and other activities.
Registration is not required. 

For more information about the Mayors’ ‘Keep the County Clean’ Challenge, including the  barbecue and Open House at the Material Recovery Facility, visit the County website at

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