Green Deer

Green Deer encourages residents of all ages, abilities, and economic and cultural backgrounds to pick up litter and “leave it better than they found it”. Participating in Green Deer is a great way to have a positive environmental impact, make new friends, and strengthen community bonds.

Several different initiatives work together to keep our city looking its best:

For more information on any part of the Green Deer program, please email reddeergreendeer(at)gmail.com.

Green Deer Spring Cleanup Campaign

March 21 - may 31, 2020

You can do your part to help keep our city clean and healthy by registering for Green Deer and picking up litter in your backyard, around your neighbourhood, or in a favourite green space.

People are encouraged to register so Green Deer organizers can distribute cleaning supplies, track the areas that have been cleaned, and recognize volunteer work.

Green Deer is made possible through partnerships with Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire, Save-On-Foods, Real Country 95.5 & Zed 98.9, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and The City of Red Deer.

What's in it for me?

By participating in the Green Deer program, either with a team or individually, you will play an important role in creating a cleaner, healthier community we can all be proud of.

How to Register?

Green Deer registration will only be available during the campaign dates.

Where to pick up supplies?

To pick up your supplies, please visit any of the following locations during their respective opening hours and speak with the front desk staff:

  • Kerry Wood Nature Centre
  • Collicutt Centre
  • G.H. Dawe Community Centre
  • Red Deer Recreation Centre

As part of our Cigarette Butt Awareness Program, pocket ashtrays are also available at the above four locations throughout the Green Deer campaign, while supplies last! Pocket ashtrays provide a convenient way to butt out on-the-go. The air seal suffocates smokables and keeps the smell in.

garbage pick up available

Please put your Green Deer garbage bags with your own household garbage whenever possible (in your black bin). If you’re choosing this option, garbage bags can be plain garbage bags bought from a store, or they can be Green Deer garbage bags.

If you have collected large amounts of litter, please place them near a City park or activity centre garbage can and email reddeergreendeer(at)gmail.com with the number and location of the bags you left out (we need to pick them up as soon as possible so wildlife doesn't get into them and undo all your hard work). Garbage bags left out in the open for pick up must be Green Deer garbage bags, not plain garbage bags bought from a store.

During the campaign dates, Green Deer garbage bags may also be brought directly to The City of Red Deer Waste Management Facility (landfill) without paying a fee. This offer does not apply to plain garbage bags brought from a store.

issue a challenge to a friend...or rival

There’s nothing like a little friendly rivalry to get your Green Deer team working even harder, and having fun doing it. Who could you challenge? A business rival, another class in your school, a group in your community, or an opposing sports team? It could even be as simple as encouraging your neighbours to take part in a 15 minute challenge. The possibilities are endless; the key is to have fun.

challenge toolkit

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Red Deer River Cleanup & Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

These annual spring and fall initiatives draw volunteers from across the city to join together to keep the river and shoreline litter-free. Both cleanups are organized similarly, with the Red Deer River Cleanup occurring every spring, and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup happening each fall.

Red deer river cleanup: Saturday, June 6, 2020

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: Saturday, September 19, 2020

Pre-registration is not required, but residents are asked to arrive at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre promptly at 12:30 p.m. to receive their cleaning supplies and to be assigned a specific area of the riverbank to clean. Volunteers can expect to be done cleaning up litter by 3:30 p.m., with a free BBQ and prizes to follow each cleanup.

Participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring gloves. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Certificates are available upon request. Please speak to the coordinator upon arrival at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre on the day of the event if you would like a certificate. This is especially helpful for high school students looking to get volunteer hours!

Partners of the Red Deer River and Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups include NOVA Chemicals, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and Trout Unlimited Canada.

Volunteers who want more information on the Red Deer River and Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanups can call 403-346-2010 ext 111.

Adopt a park

Is there a green space in Red Deer that’s special to you? Why not adopt it?

To find out how to get involved or for more information on the Adopt a Park program, please contact The City of Red Deer, Recreation, Parks & Culture, or click here.

Cigarette butt awareness program

A little litter can do a lot of damage

Cigarette butts are the most commonly littered item worldwide and Red Deer is no exception. Unfortunately, cigarette butts do not disappear.

A common myth is that cigarette butts are not harmful litter because the filter is made out of cotton that will easily decompose. In truth, a typical cigarette butt filter is made out of a type of plastic called cellulose acetate. These filters can take up to ten years to decompose, leaving behind microplastic pollution.

The microplastic pollution that comes from cigarette butts isn’t even the worst of what happens to that little cigarette butt that gets tossed on the ground. Cigarette butts leach toxins into the environment, get eaten by wildlife, are a primary cause of house and forest fires, and cost millions of taxpayer dollars to clean up.

If you choose to smoke, please do your part to dispose of cigarette butts responsibly.

Have you heard of pocket ashtrays?

Pocket ashtrays are a convenient way to butt out on-the-go. The air seal suffocates smokables (so you can insert a lit cigarette) and keeps the smell in!

Pocket ashtrays are the perfect addition to your every day life (pop it in your purse, backpack, or car), but also for your adventures. The small size is ideal for camping, kayaking, or anything you do while out and about.

During the Green Deer Spring Cleanup Campaign, free pocket ashtrays are available at any of the following locations:

  • Kerry Wood Nature Centre
  • Collicutt Centre
  • G.H. Dawe Community Centre
  • Red Deer Recreation Centre

At other times of the year, free pocket ashtrays can be picked up at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Please feel free to call ahead if you want to make sure we have some in stock when you plan to visit (403-346-2010). Please email reddeergreendeer(at)gmail.com if you would like to request a larger number of pocket ashtrays.

interested in recycling your cigarette butts?

Collect your cigarette butts at home or at work, then send them in to be recycled using a free shipping label. For more information on recycling cigarette butts, click here.

Ready to quit smoking?

For information from Alberta Quits, click here.