It’s spring cleanup on a community scale.

Local Rotary clubs are organizing the sixth annual Super Spring Cleanup that will take place April 20 in Peterborough. For this year’s event, volunteers will gather at six staging points throughout the city then disperse to collect garbage in designated areas.

Over the past five years, high school students have collected enough trash and recyclable materials to fill about 2,500 garbage bags during the annual event.

This will be the first time that the Spring Cleanup has opened up to the broader community, organizer Gunther Schubert said.

“We’d like to invite the public now to come out and pick up garbage for a few hours and get the placed cleaned up,” he said. “If we do this year after year, it’s just not acceptable anymore for people to throw out garbage. It’s changing people’s attitude toward the environment.

“It’s raising awareness and just making everybody feel proud and responsible for our community.”

Anyone who wants to participate should register online at www.superspringcleanup.ca. The website will include a map of the city that will show the staging locations for the six areas.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and volunteers can choose how much time they want to give.

Rotary Club volunteers and Peterborough Green Up representatives will be at each staging location to educate participants about distinguishing between garbage and recyclable materials and to direct participants to areas for the cleanup.

Bags and gloves will be handed out at the staging locations.

Tim Hortons is a major sponsor. Coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits will be offered at each staging area for volunteers.

The community shouldn’t wait for the government to clean up the litter, Schubert said.

“It has to come from the grassroots, from the bottom up, from the people,” he said, encouraging families and students to participate. “Do something for your community.”

For students, time spent at the event will qualify for their required community hours for graduation.

The event is organized by Peterborough Rotary Club, Peterborough-Kawartha Rotary Club and Bridgenorth-Ennismore-Lakefield Rotary Club.

brendan.wedley@sunmedia.ca