Volunteers pitch in to clean up Iqaluit

Snow melts, but garbage doesn't.

"Now that most of the snow in town has melted, the ugliness is becoming more evident. I wish people wouldn't litter and take pride in our town," Poasee Peter commented on the Facebook group Iqaluit Service Announcements on June 3.

"Some residents just don't care," stated an account registered to Andy Traub.

"There is not the type of litter in major cities as there is here in town. Not even close," said a William J. Yumis. "Living near the Four Corners, I can see the folks day drinking and eating outside. The amount of litter they leave behind the old post office is incredible... Around Northmart, it is wrappers from everything from chips, to coffee cups, to chocolate bars to old smokes packs."

June 14 was the Government of Nunavut's (GN) Community Clean Up Day, an annual initiative spearheaded by the Government of Nunavut's Department of Environment, involving each Nunavut community, said Geoff Byrne from the City of Iqaluit.

A few Iqaluit residents decided to take matters into their own hands as a result.

Staff of the Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC) took it upon themselves to clean the area by the waterfront and in front of the library, specifically "to clean around some of the local public housing buildings" in that area, said Chantal Caza from the NHC. "We were able to fill an entire bin with garbage and nearly an entire other bin with metal."

Kira Wronska Dorward, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Nunavut News