While the community prepares for its annual cleanup this week, keeping False Creek South clean happens every day in the eastern side of the neighbourhood.

The Clean Team – residents of Margaret Mitchell Place at Ash Street near Commodore– work in pairs in the daily task of cleaning garbage and debris from the immediate adjacent areas and beyond.

One of many programs with honoraria attached involving tasks both inside the building and the community at large, the Clean Team consists of two residents whose names are drawn from a hat daily.  Their assignment:  Clean up areas including the EasyPark lot, the green space and train tracks, under the Cambie Bridge and even as far north as the seawall.

Byron Slack, Project Manager, calls the program “a wonderful way for the residents to give back, participate as active members of the community and have ownership over their new homes.

“I can accurately state that the surrounding area is more free of garbage and debris than before we began tenanting 8 months ago.

“People who live nearby often approach the Clean Team while they’re on their rounds to thank them for their work well done.

“And” he added, “as the newest addition to False Creek South and with the Clean Team yielding positive results for our people and the long-standing community around us, we are excited to work together with the neighbourhood as a team.”

As part of that teamwork the community will welcome neighbours from Margaret Mitchell Place who will join in on the Creek-wide cleanup on April 27.