Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Clean Toronto Together 2018

Mayor John Tory helped to launch the upcoming Clean Toronto Together event starting April 20. Over 200,000 residents and businesses join together to clean away litter and other debris long hidden by winter’s snow cover.

Spring cleaning begins with School Cleanup Day and the Corporate 20-Minute Makeover on Friday, April 20. Then the 15th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces happens from Saturday, April 21 to Sunday, April 22 and is ‘Canada’s largest spring cleanup.’ 
Mayor John Tory, right
Sponsors, volunteers and the Mayor joined the media on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Nathan Phillips Square to talk about the need for the event and to promote everyone to join the movement.

"Every year, Clean Toronto Together sets new records for community participation, which is a testament to the people of Toronto and the pride we take in our great city," said Mayor Tory. "I encourage everyone to get involved in our spring cleanup and to make an effort every day to keep our city clean and green. Sponsors and partners include lead sponsor Glad Canada, Pizza Pizza, Tim Hortons, Toronto Star, Global News, Global News Radio, Metroland Media, Metro News, Park People, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and Bag2School."

"GLAD Canada is delighted to be part of the City's cleanup for the eighth year in a row. It's wonderful to see more residents, communities and schools pitching in every year," said Mike Pilato, General Manager of Clorox Canada, which owns the GLAD brand. "The simple act of spending just 20 minutes cleaning an area in your community can make a huge difference and make Toronto an even more beautiful and vibrant city."

When you register you will be supported with garbage, recycling bags and special litter collections.

Current registration numbers (as of March 27):
221 Community Cleanups
376 School Cleanups
133 Corporate Cleanups
149,110 Volunteers

And here is the city's press release about their Community Environment Days starting April 7:

The City's 27th annual Community Environment Days start on Saturday, April 7. These events, hosted by local Toronto City Councillors, encourage the correct and safe disposal of waste, promote the reuse of materials through donations, and provide residents with an opportunity to learn about waste diversion, water conservation and other environmental initiatives.

Community Environment Days allow residents to safely dispose of items that do not belong in the City's Blue Bin recycling or Green Bin organics waste diversion programs. These include items such as household hazardous waste, home healthcare waste and electronic waste. The events also provide an opportunity to bring specific items for donation to local schools and shelters. Free compost is available for pickup, to a maximum of one average car trunk load per household. Residents are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for local food banks.

"Community Environment Days are an opportunity for residents to participate in the City's waste diversion programs and learn how they can do their part to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills by properly disposing of or donating items," said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

"Improper disposal of items such as household hazardous waste, healthcare waste, textiles and electronics is a huge problem in the city," said Jim McKay the City's General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services. "In 2016, approximately 52,000 tonnes of materials was incorrectly placed in Blue Bin recycling and there continues to be a high percentage of material in the garbage that could have been diverted from landfill. Through education, policies and programs such as Community Environment Days, the City promotes and educate people on reuse, recycling and proper waste disposal."

Community Environment Days are a partnership between the City's Solid Waste Management Services, Environment and Energy, and Toronto Water divisions, and Orange Drop, Ontario's Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste program.

Event dates and lists of approved items for drop-off and donation is available at or call 311.

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