Trash 2 Treasure Days will be held in Stettler over the Mother’s Day weekend of May 12 and 13. (Landin Chambers/Black Press)

Trash 2 Treasure Days happening in Stettler this weekend

Residents invited to leave usable items on their front lawns for others to take on May 12 & 13

While the warm weather has many of us heading outdoors, it’s also an opportunity to do a little spring cleaning.

To help with that, Stettler residents are invited to leave unwanted, usable items on their front lawns for Trash 2 Treasure Days on May 12 and 13.

“The idea is that one man’s trash is another mans treasure. if you’ve got something functional put it out there and people can help themselves,” said Rob Spencer, chair of the Heartland Beautification Committee.

“It’s typically been at the end of Earth Week, but with the way the weather has been we decided to move it back a few weeks. This is the fourth year we’ve been doing it, so people can put out items over the Mother’s Day weekend with a ‘free’ sign for others to take.”

After the Trash 2 Treasure Days on Saturday and Sunday, anything not taken from the front lawns can be moved to the back alley for the town to pick up during the spring lane-way clean-up the following week.

Residents not wanting to throw out their items in the back alley may want to contact the ‘Stettler Items Too Good To Throw Out’ Facebook group.

Community container contest

The Heartland Beautification Committee is also preparing for their second annual community container contest.

“I came across this idea a few years ago at the Communities in Bloom National Awards in Kamloops,” ” said Rob Spencer, chair of the Heartland Beautification Committee. “They had this council container contest. Basically, they got these big planters and created teams where the mayor challenged each councillor to design and plant a container.

“Our take is we’re doing it as a community one. We’re looking from up to 10 teams by the time registration cuts off on May 18. So instead of councillor versus councillor, it can be an individual, a business or a group that enters a design that fits with the theme.”

“This year’s theme is the five senses, after we went with a Canada 150 theme last year. So taste, touch, feel, sight and sounds. We wanted to go with a broader theme this year, so whatever your impression of that is.”

“We’ve tried to simplify it this year. So you register a team, pay your $25, and then we will hold our planting day on June 2 at West Stettler Park. Planters will be assigned to each team and the soil will be provided.

“They buy the planter and the material for it, and then they decorate their planter. Then they leave it, and let it grow and the town takes care of it after they’ve been placed in West Stettler Park. In July, the Communities In Bloom judges will judge the containers, and the winner will receive $250 in Heart of Alberta dollars.”

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