It's one of the few such remaining municipal services anywhere in Alberta and it turns out it's a real bargain.
Drumheller town councilors heard a presentation on Tuesday about this year's Spring Cleanup by town crews and what it cost.
"It's an immense event that takes over our Infrastructure staff for more than a week in this community, but I think we all reap the benefits of the beautification of this community," stated Deputy Mayor Jay Garbutt, who chaired Tuesday's council meeting. "When you boil the hard costs, the money that's spent on this project, $2.50 per capita sure seems like tremendous value to me."
"We're talking about hundreds and hundreds of person hours that go into this, but we're able to use this all with the existing resources, both peolple and equipment that we have here, so the actual additional money that we have to spend is really quite reasonable," he added.
Tammy Nygaard, the Executive Director of Operations for the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association, told councilors town crews picked up more than 260 tonnes of waste during the first ten days of May, 2018. She said this year's Cleanup required 832 total person hours and more than $900 per hour worth of heavy equipment, although the only monetary cost to the town was for bin rentals and advertising, which together totalled about $20,000.
Spring Cleanup also includes a two week amnesty where people can drop off unwanted items at the landfill and Garbutt noted that many recyclables such as metal and electronics are free all year.