The dirtiest area of Winnipeg is…the Northwest.
Take Pride Winnipeg’s 2016 Litter Index says some of the worst streets are Keewatin Street, Selkirk Avenue and Burrows Avenue.
The Litter Index divides the city into 12 areas, and gives out grades on a scale of 1-4, with 1 representing no litter. The Northwest got a grade of 2.85.
Take Pride’s Tom Ethans says they’re not trying to guilt trip any specific neighbourhood, they just want people to get together and clean up.
“Every area of the city has some very clean streets and a few dirty streets. But what we want to do is we want every street in the city and in the province of Manitoba to be litter-free. We really want people to start thinking about not littering to begin with.”
Ethans says Winnipeg isn’t horrible, with an average score of 2.32. He points out that residential streets are generally the cleanest.
“We don’t go up and down every single street in the city, but we do about 500 kilometres worth of streets. We can get a good cross-section of where the worst litter is.”
Take Pride Winnipeg compiles the list every spring after the snow melts so they can get volunteer groups to go out and get rid of the litter.
2016 Litter Index Rankings (last year’s grade in brackets)
1. Northwest 2.85 (2.37)
2. North/Central 2.54 (2.32)
3. Transcona 2.5 (2.56)
4. West 2.45 (2.0)
5. West End 2.44 (2.12)
6. South 2.4 (1.95)
7. Fort Rouge/Fort Garry 2.39 (1.97)
8. St. Boniface 2.37 (1.85)
9. St. Vital/South Osborne 2.17 (2.12)
10. Southwest 2.13 (2.08)
11. Northeast 1.96 (2.45)
12. Downtown 1.64 (2.46)