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Pitch In April 16 – 30, 2022 and Shoreline Cleanup Sat. Apr. 30, 2022

Thanks everyone for participating!

Pitch-In Smiths Falls is an annual community litter cleanup that happens as part of Pitch In Canada, a nation-wide cleanup event.   We encourage individuals and groups to commit to cleaning up a particular site during the two week period. This year we also  incorporated a shoreline cleanup, led by Jake Wilson, on Saturday, April 30.   

Read the Shoreline Cleanup 2022 Report.

Read a story in the Smiths Falls Record News by Melissa Novakaska:  Coffee Cups, masks, and pop cans among items found during Smiths Falls Shoreline Cleanup , May 1, 2022

A story by Desmond Devoy:  Not Getting the Message:  How Difficult is it not to Litter? in Inside Ottawa Valley, April 8, 2022 

Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Pitch In photo contest winners – Jenny Evoy & family, Jenni Pepper & Alleah, and Nefellie Rogers – as well as our response form contest winners – Maddie, Jack and Ashley Renaud. Thank you to everyone who participated and cleaned up, we hope to see you again next year!

Pitch in Photo Contest

Submit a photo from your Pitch In cleanup for a chance to win a prize from the REAL Deal store!

Email your photo to [email protected], or message REAL on Facebook with your photo. If you will be posting your photo on social media, please use the hashtag #PitchInSF.

Photo Ideas:

  • Interesting finds from your cleanup
  • The bags you have filled, perhaps with yourself or your group displaying them (please ensure that you have permission from individuals in the photo)
  • Before and After shots of your cleanup site

With your permission, we would love to share the winning photos on our website, social media and possibly within future REAL publications.

Deadline: May 7th,  2022

Do you have kids in your group?  

We have a response form and bingo card young people may enjoy completing.  Prizes will be awarded! 

Response Form and Bingo Card


How to Participate in Pitch In

  • We will be attempting to contact past participants, but please get in touch if we haven’t reached you.  Use [email protected] 
  • You can also leave a message at The REAL Deal Store, (613) 283-7999, during or after store hours.
  • If you need help finding a location to clean up, let us know.
  • Supplies are available at the REAL Deal Store .



  • If you are from outside our town limits, check with your municipality to see if they are participating in Pitch-In this year.  They may have bags for you.
  • Individuals often choose to clean up around their neighbourhood. 
  • A number of sites are being “reserved” for groups that need to plan their cleanup day ahead.  Please try to avoid those sites.
  • Town staff will be collecting filled Pitch In bags from the roadside.
  • If your filled bags are not picked up within two days, please call us with their location  so we can let the town know to pick them up. 
  • Please let us know how you did!



Need some suggestions?  Here is a list of potential Smiths Falls sites 2022.   See a map with approximate locations mapped.

People and groups have already committed to doing these sites in 2022.  (Last Update:  April 24)

See our 2022 instructions and safety tips.  A copy of this will be provided with your Pitch In bags.

Use this online Pitch In Completion Form  to tell us how you did!




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.

REAL has been participating in spring cleanups since 1989 and has organized a community wide effort since the early 2000s.  Pitch-in Canada is a national organization founded in British Columbia 55 years ago.

See Pitch-In Canada site.