Celebrate spring by beautifying Whistler 

Pitch-In Day is May 6

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With warming temperatures and plenty of rain, the snow on the valley floor is on its way out — which means a winter's worth of garbage is ready for clean up.

The Resort Municipality of Whistler has a number of initiatives lined up to help residents beautify the community in the coming weeks.

It starts with yard waste drop off from April 21 to 23 and May 12 to 14 at the Spruce Grove Baseball Field overflow parking lot.

Grass, leaves, branches and twigs, weeds and house plants (without pots) and minimal dirt or sand will be accepted.

Invasive plants will be accepted but residents are asked to keep them separate, and dispose them into bins marked "invasive only."

Plastic bags, rocks, wood with paint or glue, and plywood or fiberboard will not be accepted.

Check www.whistler.ca/free-yard-waste-drop-weekends for more info.

From April 28 to May 15, homeowners can safely burn their garden debris with a permit from the Whistler Fire Rescue Service (WFRS).

Residents can also get a FireSmart assessment through the permit process — call 604-935-8260 or email fire@whistler.ca for more info.

It all culminates with Pitch-In Day on May 6.

Hundreds of volunteers, including community groups and sports teams, will join together to pick garbage in neighbourhoods from Emerald to Function Junction

Anyone interested in helping out can email roads@whistler.ca.

Participants will be treated to a barbecue hosted by the WFRS and sponsored by Nesters, IGA, the Village Grocery Store and Pitch-In Canada.

Residents are also reminded to clean up after their pets and manage bear attractants.

Bear activity and encounters in residential areas should be reported to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR.

For more info on WhistlerÕs bears head to www.whistler.ca/bears.

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