Ottawa – City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson today announced the official start of the City’s Bucket Brigade program during a media event at City Hall. The Bucket Brigade is a crew of summer students hired to reduce litter in downtown neighbourhoods that see an increase in both tourist and pedestrian traffic during the summer months.

“Ottawa is a vibrant, beautiful city,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “As the weather gets warmer and we head outdoors, it is important to remember that everyone must do their part in keeping our streets litter-free.”

The Brigade will help maintain the area bordered by Westboro to the west, Vanier to the east, the ByWard Market to the north and the Glebe to the south. The Brigade will be on shifts Monday to Friday until August 31.

“Residents of Ottawa will see a difference in the cleanliness of our downtown core as a result of the Bucket Brigade,” said Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the Transportation Committee. “But it is everyone’s responsibility to maintain that state by putting litter in its place.”

Littering costs everyone – the City spends about $5 million a year, on average, cleaning litter. There are ways for residents to get involved in community projects that help keep the City clean and green. The City administers initiatives such as the spring and fall Cleaning the Capital campaigns, the Anti-littering campaign, and the Adopt-a-Park/Adopt-a-Roadway program.

For more information on the City’s anti-litter initiatives, visit