Council has declared Pitch-In Week, April 17 – 24, 2022 for the Municipality of North Grenville.

“It’s a big year for Kemptville, given a number of returning and first-time events, including the Old Town Kemptville Busker Festival in May, Kemptville LIVE in July, and the International Plowing Match in September,” emphasized Mayor Peckford. “We are so grateful to all those residents who are committed to beautifying every corner of our community. Even spending an hour or two to PITCH-IN while people are out in their neighbourhoods, parks, or on the trails makes a big difference.”

Residents or groups who wish to participate are asked to register with the Municipality by calling 613-258-9569 at extension 133, or via email at publicworks@northgrenville.on.ca. Pitch-In Canada provides designated Pitch-In waste collection bags. PITCH-IN Bags can be picked up at the North Grenville Municipal Centre (285 County Road 44) reception.

Participants can dispose of the collected materials either through the curbside collection program, or drop off at the Oxford Mills Waste Transfer Station. There is no bag tag required on the PITCH-IN Bags.

“When the snow melts, it reveals items that have been discarded over the winter months. Removing this waste quickly is only made possible by the many residents who volunteer their time to clean-up neighbourhoods throughout our incredible community. This is an important reminder to ensure that we each take care of waste appropriately even when it may be ‘out of sight’,” added Councillor Kristin Strackerjan. 

Pitch-In Canada declared a year-long event, with clean-ups organized throughout the year. North Grenville’s event has been registered for the month of April, with a focus around Earth Day on April 22.

PITCH-IN Canada is celebrating 55 years. It began in 1967 with a handful of concerned citizens picking up harmful debris along the shore of Vancouver Island. PITCH-IN CANADA is a national, community-based organization comprised of eco-action and community volunteers who believe that maintaining a quality environment and encouraging civic pride is everyone’s responsibility. PITCH-IN CANADA encourages voluntary action to keep communities clean, beautiful, and to restore and maintain a healthy environment. The Municipality of North Grenville has participated in Pitch-In Canada since 2002.

PITCH-IN Safety Tips:

Be prepared – wear proper safety equipment (gloves, reflective vest)

Watch for cars and be careful near roads

Do not pick up dangerous items

Be prepared to sort items for garbage or recycling

Wash your hands when you’re done 

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