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Saturday, April 21 to Sunday, May 6, 2018

Help create a cleaner, greener Smiths Falls!

garbageThank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Pitch In Smiths Falls campaign.  Smiths Falls looks a while lot better because of you!

Thank you to everyone who contacted us afterwards with the number of participants and amount collected.  A draw was taken of those reports received by May 13.  Three of you will receive a REAL Deal gift certificate as a prize. Congratulations to:

  • Kevin Stewart – $20 certificate
  • The 585 Royal Canadian Air Cadets – $15 certificate
  • SFDCI – $10 certificate

If you haven’t let us know how you did, we would still appreciate hearing from you.  Photos welcome, too!

2018 Participants

Individuals and Families
Iris Allard
Charlotte and Dave Bell
Grace Buffam
Claire Churchill
Barb Hicks
Greg Hobbs
Ann Johnson
Neil Looby
Carolyn Lunn
Susan and Brian Pigeon
Judy Snider
Kevin Stewart

St. James
St. Lukes


585 Squadron Air Cadets
Beavers, Cubs an Scouts
Catholics in Action Youth Club
Church of the Latter Day Saints
Crime Stoppers
Knights of Columbus
Trinity United Church Women
WAK Youth Program

How Did you Do?    You can do this by:

Get 2018 poster.

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.

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!  

For 2018, other groups have committed to:  school properties,  Victoria and Centennial Park, park by Abbott St. Lock, Lower Reach Park,  United Church Bell St. property, the area by Heritage House/Curling Club/ball diamonds off Old Sly’s Road, the area by the Youth Arena and skateboard park and Hwy 29 VanHorne to Cemetery.  Call or email if you need an update!

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)

See and listen to an interview with Kathy Botham about Pitch In 2018 and other REAL activities.


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.

2018 will be the seventeenth 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.