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Saturday, April 21 to Sunday, May 6, 2018

Help create a cleaner, greener Smiths Falls!

garbageREAL has designated a two week cleanup period (which includes three weekends!)  This allows everyone a better chance at finding a good weather day to get out in the fresh air and clean up some of the mess left behind when the snow melted.

We would love to have some more help and more ideas to make sure we maximize participation and make Smiths Falls look its best! 

Anyone can participate – schools, community groups, families, neighbourhoods, businesses or individuals.  Schools and 2017 participants will be contacted by us.  Read on to see how you can be part of Pitch In Smiths Falls.


Supplies.  Pick up your Pitch In bags at the REAL Deal Store starting Thursday, April 5 anytime during store hours, Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We will ask you to leave your name, phone number and email address.

How Did you Do?  We would appreciate you contacting us by Sunday, May 13 to let us know how you did, especially how many people participated and how many bags you collected.   You can do this by:

  • dropping off a completed paper form at the store (or use black mailbox at front door)
  • emailing [email protected] or anyone on the committee
  • phoning the store at (613) 283-7999  (leaving a message is fine)
  • Using the  online response form. 

Names of those responding will be put in a draw for one of three REAL Deal gift certificates.

Bag Collection. Town of Smiths Falls staff will be on the lookout for filled Pitch In bags.  If yours are not collected within three days, please contact us.

Get 2018 poster.

pitchin 2018 posterOutside of Town Limits?   Check with your municipality.  They may have bags as well, and may even accept filled Pitch-In bags without tags for this event. 

Photos?  If you have take any digital photos of you or your group cleaning up, and your human subjects don’t mind, please send them to us.

Information.  For more information, contact Cathryn at 283-9819,  the REAL Deal Store at 283-7999 or email us.

Where to clean up.  Various groups and schools have already agreed to do  certain locations.  They have to coordinate people to be at a place on a certain day, so please try to avoid these locations and choose another spot – there is lots of garbage to go around!  

Other groups have committed to:  school properties,  Victoria and Centennial Park, Lower Reach Park, parking lot near LCBO,  United Church Bell St. property, the area by Heritage House/Curling Club/ball diamonds off Old Sly’s Road.

Need some ideas?  Here is a list of potential Smiths Falls sites.

See some instructions and safety tips . (This is included in the supply buckets.)

 Print a Group Leader Report.  (This is the same form located in your bucket of supplies)



4 guys at Lower Reach boy and tire Bonita and bags
SFDCI 2009 having fun pi jasper road

Some 2013 photos are on REAL’s Facebook page.


Pitch-in Smiths Falls is a community wide litter cleanup coordinated by REAL. Public and highly visible sites, such as parks, and road allowances, are identified by REAL and groups or individuals assigned to clean that site. Garbage bags, other supplies and safety instructions are provided. REAL records the number of participants and the number of bags of recyclable and other garbage collected for comparison from year to year.

REAL is working with the Town of Smiths Falls and others to find other measures that will reduce our litter problem.

2017 will be the sixteenth year for this community wide effort, although REAL has participated in spring cleanups and encouraged other residents to do so since 1989 through Pitch-in Canada, a national organization founded in British Columbia.

See Pitch-In Canada site.