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  • Dog lovers invited to Working Dogs Day event 19 September 2014 Come down to Bowmont Off-Leash Park between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 20, to meet working dogs from around the city and learn about responsible pet ownership.

    Working Dogs Days will feature demonstrations from working dogs and their handlers from the Calgary Police Department, Calgary Fire Department, Animal & Bylaw Services, Calgary Search & Rescue Association, PADS Calgary (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society), PALS (Pet Access League Society), Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP Police Dog Services. Attendees can also learn about dog recall training and pet first aid.

    Working Dogs Day is part of The City of Calgary’s Off-Leash Ambassador program which was launched in 2013. The program relies on volunteers to help promote the Responsible Pet Ownership bylaw and teach dog owners about positive pet interactions and safety. This is accomplished through education, demonstrations and discussions led by the ambassadors who act as positive role models in off-leash areas.

    “The Off-Leash Ambassador program is a great example of community and volunteerism,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Once again, we see success when The City and its citizens collaborate —together, we ensure healthy and safe off-leash areas for Calgarians and their pets.”

    Councillor Ward Sutherland, who is a long time community volunteer, will attend the event to show his support of the Program and meet the working dogs.

    “An event that celebrates volunteers, specifically the ambassadors that support our off-leash parks, is wonderful. The free dog recall training, first aid and service dog demonstrations are a brilliant addition to the event and a great way to educate citizens on how to keep our off-leash parks safe and fun for all of us,” he said.

    For more information about responsible pet ownership, up-coming Off-Leash Ambassador events and registering to become an Off-Leash Ambassador, visit calgary.ca/animalservices or follow Animal & Bylaw Services on Facebook.

    Please note: the area where the event will be held has been cleaned of tree debris from the recent storm and has been deemed safe. However, we urge all event attendees to be mindful of potential hazards, look up, stay away from large trees and be aware of surroundings.

    Submitted by Tara Norton-Merrin, Animal & Bylaw Services
  • Making things simpler with Cut Red Tape 19 September 2014 Simple, innovative, flexible, outcome-focused and measurable. These are the guiding principles behind The City’s Cut Red Tape program aimed at removing unnecessary red tape for citizens and businesses.

    Since the program began in 2010, there has been an estimated 90,000 hours in time saved. But the biggest impact has been the difference it has made for the people that use City services. Whether it’s a citizen looking for low-income assistance or a food truck operator needing a business permit, the program has helped cut down barriers and make it easier for people to interact with The City of Calgary.

    These highlights are just the beginning of a larger trend within the organization to continually improve services and focus on results. Cutting red tape may have started off as a program, but is the way we will conduct business from now on.



    Take a look at our Cut Red Tape video above, which was recently produced to highlight a few stories and successes of the Cut Red Tape Initiative. It was first shown to council in Jeff Fielding’s recent presentation where he indicated he would like to see the Cut Red Tape principles embedded into how we work.
  • Together... We Are Calgary: The Leadership Strategic Plan 18 September 2014 Earlier this week, City Manager Jeff Fielding presented to Council a new strategic plan for The City of Calgary.

    The plan lays out five key directives which will guide the organization over the next several years. With Council’s approval of these directives, The City of Calgary will begin a new journey related to the implementation of this work.

    Administration will:
    1. Establish a cooperative and meaningful relationship with Council
    2. Develop a cohesive leadership culture and collaborative workforce
    3. Better serve our citizens, communities, and customers
    4. Focus immediate and collective attention on planning and building a great city
    5. Strengthen the Corporation’s financial position

    Implementation of these directives will have impacts on the entire organization. This will cause a rethinking of how work outcomes are to be achieved by The City at all levels from administration to front line staff. City Council will also have a role to play.


    The title of the presentation, Together... We Are Calgary, captures how The City and community pull together in times of need. It also reflects how City staff are able to focus their energies on successful outcomes when we work together as ‘One City’ with ‘One Voice’ – as seen in the response to the 2013 flood and other crises. As part of this journey, The City will be making a concerted effort to improve collaboration across the organization at all times. The unprecedented population growth facing Calgary over the next several years will be the key driver in enhancing levels of cooperation.

    The organization will not be undergoing a major restructuring. The City will continue serving citizens and customers in ways that meet their expectations now and in the future, but will also look to improve how it does business.

    The approach to planning and building a great city will be significant, due to the new reality facing Calgary – projected population growth of up to 40,000 new citizens each year for the next four years. This will require all of The City’s departments to work together to ensure it is well positioned to respond. A new initiative will bring together representatives from all departments to determine and implement collaborative solutions for growth.

    The City will be required to think creatively about how to serve a community growing at a rate that exceeds previous projections. That journey has begun.



    View the full Together, We Are Calgary Leadership Strategic Plan presentation document.
    View the video from the City Manager's presentation to Council.
  • Infographic: 2014 September Snow Storm & Tree Debris Clean Up 18 September 2014
    For more information visit calgary.ca

  • Treat your taste buds at the “green zone” food trucks TODAY 18 September 2014

    The Aglio E ‘Olio  and Yummi Yogis food trucks will be parked in front of The City’s Administration Building (Old City Hall) TODAY. 

    Come down between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and experience the fabulous food.

    Aglio E ‘Olio is Calgary’s first authentic and organic pasta truck and Yummi Yogis prepare health conscious meals and offer gluten-free and dairy-free options. 


    Celebrate the reappearance of summer with lunch and learning alfresco. 

    City staff and Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF) representatives will be on-site to teach Calgarians about the importance of recycling, composting and simply being more environmentally conscious. Join our Facebook event for detailed updates.

    We look forward to seeing you.


    Submitted by Carissa Vescio, Animal & Bylaw Services
  • Emergency Operations Centre closure and update on tree debris clean-up 17 September 2014 Below is raw video from the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC). Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Acting Director of Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Tom Sampson announce the closure of the EOC. Director of Parks, Anne Charlton then discusses how The City will lead tree debris clean-up moving forward.



  • Three tips for damaged tree care 17 September 2014 Thousands of Calgary's trees were recently damaged in an unseasonal snowstorm. City crews continue to clear the debris while actively taking steps to protect and restore our urban forest. While communities have been pitching in, picking up and pulling together, additional steps should be taken to promote healthy yards before winter.

    We recommend consulting with a certified arborist, but have also created a how-to video to assist citizens with their clean-up and tree preservation efforts.



    Please only attempt the following steps if you are comfortable, are familiar with the tools, and have appropriate personal protective gear. Also remember that seniors and those physically unable to clear tree debris, can connect with City Links by contacting 311.

    1. Assess
    Where possible, consult with a certified arborist, but you can begin the process by considering the following:
    • Look up and look out to check for potential hazards.
    • Is the main trunk of your tree broken? This tree likely can’t be saved and should be cut down.
    • Are major limbs still remaining and the trunk unbroken? Are at least 50% of the tree’s branches still intact? If so, then there is a good chance that your tree will survive.

    2. Prune
    Pruning is more than just cutting off dead branches, it can help your tree grow and increase its chances of survival. Do not attempt any work that is beyond your skill and comfort levels. Visit The International Society of Arboriculture website for more information and a complete listing of certified arborists.

    3. Package
    There are many options available for tree collection and disposal, including visiting a City landfill, accessing one of 33 leaf & pumpkin drop-off locations, or stacking tree debris as close to the edge of your property without impeding roads, pathways or sidewalks.

    For the latest updates, visit calgary.ca
  • Ensuring wood is suitable for burning 16 September 2014 As citizens work to clear their yards and communities from tree debris as a result of last week’s snowfall, questions have come up about alternative uses for tree branches and debris.

    Tree debris collected on your property, or that you have collected as a result of cleaning up in your community is for your discretional use. The City would prefer that you bring it to one of our three landfills, dispose of it at any of the 33 community pumpkin & leaf drop offs or stack it for The City to collect, however if you choose to keep it please be aware that only clean, dry firewood is permitted to be burned in fire pits. Burning prohibited materials can cause dense smoke and offensive odours to neighbouring properties. It can also lead to false fire calls.

    More specifically, when using outdoor fire pits, you cannot burn:
    • Wet or unseasoned wood
    • Leaves, brush or yard waste
    • Treated or painted lumber
    • Lumber products containing glue or resin
    • Garbage
    • Rubber, tires or plastic
    • Animal carcasses or parts

    The wood gathered as a result of last week’s event needs to be ‘seasoned’ before it is suitable for burning. Cut and dry any wood for burning, as wet wood will cause creosote build-up in your chimney, which can lead to a chimney fire, or if burning in an outdoor fire pit, an abundance of smoke and odour. Small branches and leaves are not appropriate to burn and should be disposed of properly – at a City landfill or at any of the 33 leaf & pumpkin drop-off sites.

    There are many resources on-line that can assist with describing methods to ‘season’ wood.

    Find information on bylaws related to fire pits, as well as information on filing complaints. Please note that the City of Calgary does not permit open burns.
  • Tree debris collection and disposal options 16 September 2014 There are many options available to Calgarians for tree debris collection and disposal:

    1) It is recommended that citizens visit a City landfill as landfill operations are best equipped to deal with all sizes of tree debris. All three City Landfills will accept tree debris from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Garbage and recyclables will only be accepted up to 5 p.m. Tipping fees continue to be waived for all tree debris that is not mixed with other garbage. Landfills are not experiencing line-ups at this time.

    2) Citizens can access all 33 of The City’s leaf & pumpkin drop-off locations to dispose of tree debris. Please ensure that you dispose of manageably-sized tree branches to ensure your safety and the safety of those picking the loads up from the depots. Depots are accessible 24hrs a day however; a City staff member is on-hand at most depots during regular working hours (between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.) to assist citizens with unloading their debris.

    Example of stacked branches beside blue & black carts
    3) Citizens can stack tree debris as close to the edge of their property without impeding roads, pathways or sidewalks. This includes:
    • Stacking branches neatly where you normally place your black and blue carts (front roadways or in back alleys/laneways). Please note that tree debris will not be picked up at the same time as your residential garbage/recycling pick up as pick up of tree debris needs to remain ‘clean’ and will require specialized equipment.
    • Stacking branches neatly and placing on your front yard or driveway, near the sidewalk but not impeding access is acceptable.
    • Stacking branches neatly on a residential boulevard or median - not impeding access to adjacent roadways or sidewalks is acceptable. Please be mindful of risks associated with adjacent traffic activity if using this option.
    • Stacking branches neatly in back lanes or alleyways - not impeding access to roads or walkways is acceptable.

    Example of stacked branches on residential boulevard
    Ideally, stacked tree branches are no more than 4ft in length. However, the City appreciates the efforts and cooperation of citizens and the collection and stacking of branches in any of the above mentioned scenarios is appreciated.

    Please be patient as City crews will take some time to get around to all areas of the city. Ideally and if citizens are able, preference is for collected branches to be brought directly to the City landfills and secondly, to one of the 33 leaf and pumpkin drop-off locations.

    Thanks to everyone for pitching in to clean up our city.
  • Managing tree debris: parks, homes and collection 16 September 2014 Calgarians continue to Pick Up, Pitch In and Pull Together since the tree cleanup began last week. We’re seeing amazing community spirit as Calgarians help out their neighbours to clear away the debris from the storm while City crews respond to over 3,000 tree emergencies.



    Avoid parks and pathways
    We realize the weather is nice and people want to get outdoors. However, our staff have not had time to complete safety assessments of many areas. As a result, we are asking Calgarians to please avoid using parks and pathways with mature trees.

    Please respect signage in parks informing Calgarians of closures, look for hazards around trees, and stay away from trees that could pose a threat to your safety.

    For more information, check our list of open parks and pathways and connect with facility bookings for status on event bookings in parks.

    City Links
    To assist Calgary’s vulnerable population, we expanded the City Links program, which helps low income seniors with home maintenance. The program now also offers assistance with cleaning up tree debris. Since Friday we have received 392 calls for assistance, 100 of which have been received just today.

    If you have a senior family member, a friend, or a neighbour with a disability, who requires additional support in the clean up process, please access this program.

    Where to put tree debris
    There are many options available to Calgarians for tree collection and disposal. It is recommended that citizens visit a City landfill as landfill operations are best equipped to deal with all sizes of tree debris. Citizens can also access all 33 of The City’s leaf & pumpkin drop-off locations to dispose of tree debris. As well, citizens can stack tree debris as close to the edge of their property without impeding roads, pathways or sidewalks.

    • Stack branches neatly where you normally place your black and blue carts (front roadways or in back alleys/laneways). Please note that tree debris will not be picked up at the same time as your residential garbage/recycling pick up as pick up of tree debris needs to remain ‘clean’ and will require specialized equipment.
    • Stack branches neatly and placing on your front yard or driveway, near the sidewalk but not impeding access is acceptable.
    • Stack branches neatly on a residential boulevard or median - not impeding access to adjacent roadways or sidewalks is acceptable. Please be mindful of risks associated with adjacent traffic activity if using this option. 
    • Stack branches neatly in back lanes or alleyways - not impeding access to roads or walkways is acceptable.

    Ideally, stacked tree branches are no more than 4ft in length. However, the City appreciates the efforts and cooperation of citizens and the collection and stacking of branches in any of the above mentioned scenarios is appreciated. Please be patient as City crews will take some time to get around to all areas of the city. Ideally and if citizens are able, preference is for collected branches to be brought directly to the City landfills and secondly, to one of the 33 leaf & pumpkin drop-off locations.

    Please do NOT bring garbage or plastic bags to the leaf and pumpkin drop-off locations. Paper bags can be composted or mulched along with the tree material.

    Regular collection of blue, black and green carts will resume tomorrow. We couldn’t reach all streets and lanes last week as some were blocked by downed branches. Tree debris will not be collected as part of residential collection. Please do not put branches or other tree debris in your blue or black carts.

    There is a lot of work left to be done and many City parks still pose potential hazards for the public. The incredible job of cleaning up will continue for City crews, partner agencies, and many Calgarians for some time.

    Thanks to everyone for pitching in to clean up our city.
  • Report to Calgarians - Picking Up, Pitching In & Pulling Together 15 September 2014

    City crews and citizens are picking up, pitching in & pulling together to clean up tree debris following the recent storm.

    Our first priority is to ensure public spaces are safe and accessible.

    By helping your neighbours with the small stuff, The City can take care of the big stuff.

    Visit calgary.ca/yyctogether for more information.
  • Citizens in Action – Calgary cleanup & safety after the storm 14 September 2014 Many Calgarians picked up, pitched in and pulled together to help their friends and neighbours clean up tree debris this weekend.

    As of noon Sunday, The City’s 33 Leaf & Pumpkin community drop-offs and our three landfills received five million kilograms of tree debris combined.

    “It’s great to see Calgarians taking advantage our extended landfill hours and the early opening of the community depots,” said Dave Griffiths, The City’s Director of Waste & Recycling Services.

    “All throughout Calgary our crews have witnessed citizens helping out. Whether it’s lending a truck, or trimmers or saws, every bit helps.”



    Parks Operations Manager, Todd Reichardt echoed Griffiths’ comments “Clean up going to take some time and we thank Calgarians for their patience. On average, The City prunes 30,000 trees a year. We have more than 500,000 public trees in Calgary, and they all require assessment.”

    Parks crews continue to remove hazards and debris to ensure public safety and accessibility, and all regional parks and pathways remain closed until further notice.

    The City has also temporarily expanded the City Links program to assist with clean up efforts for seniors and those who are physically unable to deal with extensive tree damage on their properties. Contact 311 and ask for the "Seniors Home Maintenance" or fill out an online service request.



  • 311 Snow Event and Damaged Tree Service Requests Heat Map 14 September 2014 This is a series of heat maps of 311 calls related to the Snow Event and damaged tree calls from September 9 to September 14, 2014. Since September 9 until 10 a.m. September 14, 311 has received a total of 33,593 phone calls and 2,904 Service Requests submitted by 311's online form and mobile app. 311 has received 254 “Seniors Home Maintenance” requests.

    The quickest way to submit a 311 service request is online or by mobile app, ideally with an accompanying photo.

    Citizens with physical challenges & tree damage can request a “Seniors Home Maintenance” request by filling out this online service request.

    For more information, please visit calgary.ca/311






  • Calgarians, City crews and Partners Pick up, Pitch in and Pull together to manage tree debris 13 September 2014 Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Calgarians, City crews and partner agencies we have made great progress cleaning up after the snowstorm.

    Calgarians have taken our invitation to Pick Up, Pitch In and Pull Together to heart. They’re cleaning up their own yards and helping their neighbours.

    September 2014 Snow Event and Tree clean-up

    So far, our three landfill sites have received close to two million kilograms from more than four thousand truck loads. That doesn’t include all of the debris at our 33 drop-off locations - A big thank you to citizens who are assisting with the clean up efforts!

    Currently, The City’s priority remains dealing with hazards that have an immediate public safety concern.
    Crews are focusing simultaneously on two areas:
    1. Tree hazard mitigation
    2. Tree debris collection and disposal
    This means that Calgarians may notice City crews out cutting and stacking debris from an immediate hazard area for future pick up. And some Calgarians may see other crews clearing debris from areas like high speed roadways, pathways and public access areas. There are many teams at work, each with a dedicated task and specialized equipment, so citizens should not be concerned if there is still work to do after a crew has passed through their neighbourhood. All necessary pruning of City trees and debris disposal will be completed.

    As always, safety is a primary consideration for both crews and citizens. We urge you as you clean up your debris and that of your neighbour’s to stay safe. Ensure you wear personal protective equipment, manage what you can safely, and leave the rest for trained professionals.

    Also, please allow our crews space to do their work safely. If you see crews and equipment working in your area, please consider parking off the street to allow them access to tree trimming piles and damaged public trees, and please always slow down when passing crews.

    We’re making great progress together but we have a lot of work ahead.

    Thank you Calgarians for your great cooperation, efforts and patience as we get the clean-up done.

  • Raw Video - Media Scrum - Tree Debris Clean-up 13 September 2014 Here is raw video of a media scrum held on September 13, 2014 with Assistant Deputy Chief, Sue Henry and Waste & Recycling director, Dave Griffiths.









  • Calgarians are reminded of tree debris disposal options 13 September 2014 As Calgarians assess their properties after our recent snow event, those who have trees that have been damaged are reminded of options to dispose of branches and tree debris:

    • It is recommended that citizens visit a City landfill as landfill operations are best equipped to deal with all sizes of tree debris. All three City Landfills will accept tree debris from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Garbage and recyclables will only be accepted up to 5 p.m. Tipping fees continue to be waived for all tree debris that is not mixed with other garbage.
    • Beginning today, Saturday, September 13, citizens can access all 33 of The City’s leaf & pumpkin drop-off locations to dispose of tree debris. Please ensure that you dispose of manageably-sized tree branches to ensure your safety and the safety of those picking the loads up from the depots.
    • Citizens can continue to pile tree branches that are no longer than 4ft in length on front curbs or boulevards as long as they do not impede sidewalk or laneway access. City crews will collect these piles in the coming weeks.

    September 2014 Snow Event and Tree clean-up

    Calgary’s community spirit has continued to shine through, and citizens are encouraged to help neighbours by picking up, pitching in and pulling together.

    • Pick up small pieces of fallen tree debris like small branches and leaves.  Please be safe and don’t put yourself at risk by pulling down big broken branches or trying to move large pieces of fallen debris.  Move only what you can safely manage.
    • Pitch in by helping your neighbours and friends and those who are unable to help themselves.  Drop off your tree debris at your local landfill or at one of the 33 convenient community drop-off locations.
    • Pull together by working with your community to help those in need.  If you can help with the small debris, we can get to the big stuff faster.

    City crews continue to deal with urgent tree hazards. Please allow them enough space to do their work safely. If you do see crews and equipment working in your area, please consider parking off the street to allow them access to tree trimming piles and damaged public trees and please slow down when passing crews. Safety is a primary consideration for both crews and citizens.

    For more information, please visit calgary.ca.
  • Pick up, Pitch in & Pull together – recovering from early September snow 13 September 2014
    Pick up, Pitch in & Pull Together
    City crews and citizens are pulling together to deal with the aftermath of the recent storm.
    The City continues to have jumbo crews cleaning up priority debris in communities across Calgary. The City’s focus remains on taking care of critical safety issues and ensuring public spaces are safe and accessible.

    The City has also temporarily expanded the City Links program to assist with clean up efforts.Seniors and citizens who are physically challenged and who have extensive tree damage on their properties due to the recent storm can contact 311 and ask for the “Seniors Home Maintenance” or fill out an online service request.

    Tree Clean-up Frequently Asked Questions.

    The City is also providing the following options to assist all Calgarians with their clean up efforts:
    • All three City Landfills will accept tree debris from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Garbage and recyclables will not be accepted after 5:00 p.m. Tipping fees continue to be waived for all tree debris that is not mixed with other garbage.
    • Beginning Saturday, September 13, citizens can access all 33 of The City’s leaf & pumpkin drop-off locations to dispose of damaged tree limbs. 
    We would like to thank our those Community Associations who host our leaf and pumpkin drop-off locations for accommodating their early opening

    Calgary’s community spirit has continued to shine through, and citizens are encouraged to help neighbours by picking up, pitching in and pulling together.

    • Pick up small pieces of fallen tree debris like small branches and leaves.  Please be safe and don’t put yourself at risk by pulling down big broken branches or trying to move large pieces of fallen debris.  Move only what you can safely manage.
    • Pitch in by helping your neighbours and friends and those who are unable to help themselves.  Drop off your tree debris at your local landfill or at one of the 33 convenient community drop-off locations.
    • Pull together by working with your community to help those in need.  If you can help with the small debris, we can get to the big stuff faster.

    The City would like to thank all Calgarians for their patience as cleanup efforts continue throughout the coming days and weeks. This effort will take time.  We encourage everyone to stay safe.  Please don’t put yourself at risk.
  • City continues to manage fallen/damaged trees from early snowfall 13 September 2014 Due to the recent and anticipated overnight snowfall, The City of Calgary has been working to manage concerns regarding fallen/damaged tree limbs, including damage assessment and tree removal.

    Trees that pose a risk to public safety will be the main priority. Currently 311 is experiencing higher than normal call volumes and we appreciate your patience as we work to prioritize our efforts.

    What to do
    • If a tree has fallen and poses a life threatening emergency or if a power line is sparking or on the ground, please stay away and contact 911
    • If your tree has fallen on your private property and does not pose a danger, contact a local arborist
    • To report a City tree that has fallen on your property, or any other fallen tree on City property such as a pathway, road or sidewalk, please use the 311 mobile app for iPhone and Android under the category "Report concern not listed" or use the online form to report your concern without any wait time
    • ENMAX is aware of power outages throughout the city. Find updated information on power outages at enmax.com/outages or via the Trouble Line at 403-514-6100
    • Brush and debris may be taken to any of The City's three landfills free of charge
    Additional Information
    • Trees blocking highly used traffic and pedestrian areas, access routes for emergency vehicles, or those at risk of falling are also a priority.
    • Trees down on back lanes are the responsibility of the adjacent homeowner to remove.
    • After a storm event like this, it’s a good time to inspect your own trees for storm damage. Consider hiring a company that employs International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborists to perform the inspection. For more information and other tips, visit calgary.ca/trees
    • All three City landfills will accept tree debris from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Garbage and recyclables will not be accepted after 5:00 p.m. Tipping fees continue to be waived for all tree debris that is not mixed with other garbage.
    • Beginning Saturday, September 13, citizens can access all 33 of The City's leaf & pumpkin drop-off locations to dispose of damaged tree limbs.

  • City offers more options to assist with clean-up efforts 13 September 2014 City crews have made substantial progress in clearing debris related the recent snowfall. “Jumbo Teams” made up of Parks, Waste & Recycling Services and Water members will continue their efforts throughout the coming days to ensure public spaces are safe and accessible.

    In addition to crews continuing their work, The City is providing the following options to assist Calgarians with their clean-up efforts:

    1. Effective immediately, all three City Landfills will accept tree debris from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Garbage and recyclables will not be accepted after 5:00 p.m. Tipping fees continue to be waived for all tree debris that is not mixed with other garbage.
    2. Beginning Saturday, September 13, citizens can access all 33 of The City’s leaf & pumpkin drop-off locations to dispose of damaged tree limbs. 
    3. Community Cleanups are also taking place in five Calgary neighbourhoods this weekend. Each event will have an organics truck, accepting yard waste and tree debris. Schedule and locations of the cleanups can be found at calgary.ca/cleanup.


    Calgary’s community spirit has continued to shine through, and citizens are encouraged to be a good neighbour. Help those who are unable to clear debris from their properties.

    As a reminder, debris should be cut into no more than four foot lengths and stacked as neatly as possible close to where regular cart collection would take place without blocking lanes, roads or sidewalks. Please do not put branches or tree debris into black and blue collection carts.

    The City would like to thank all Calgarians for their patience as cleanup efforts continue throughout the coming days and weeks.
  • Snowfall tree debris management 12 September 2014

    Recent snowfall has caused damage to many trees throughout the city, leaving tree debris on both private property and City property.

    All three City landfills – Spyhill, Shepard and East Calgary – are accepting tree debris from the snowstorm at no charge until further notice. Customers arriving at the scalehouse should identify that they are bringing tree debris and must not mix the debris with any other waste material for it to be accepted free of charge.

    Beginning Saturday, September 13, citizens can also access all 33 of The City's leaf and pumpkin drop-off locations to dispose of damaged tree limbs.

    Alternatively, tree debris can be cut into 4-foot pieces in length and stacked beside waste and recycling carts to be picked up with regular collection or at a later date, depending on our resources.

    To help keep regular garbage and recycling pickup on schedule, and to avoid damaging City equipment, we ask that Calgarians do not put tree debris in their blue, black or green carts.

    Calgarians may notice a disruption with City services such as power outages in City facilities and delayed garbage and recycling collection due to tree debris blocking back lanes. We thank Calgarians for their patience as City crews work to manage all effects of the recent snowfall.

    Please be safe as many drooping tree limbs still pose a safety threat. We continue to work on a debris management plan and will communicate with Calgarians later today how we will be proceeding. At this time, we are still focused on emergency response to fallen tree debris on roads and impacts from power outages throughout the city. Safety is our current priority.
 


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