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Toronto’s annual spring cleanup took place on April 26-28, 2019. Over 200,000 residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups took part in the 16th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces.

Final registration numbers:

2019 2018 Increase
Community Cleanups 559 453 22%
Community Participants 12,481 10,942 10%
Corporate Cleanups 309 242 25%
Corporate Participants 7782 6714 11%
School Cleanups 535 491 8%
School Participants 179,844 168,281 6%
Total Events 1388 1186 17%
Total Participants 200,107 185,937 6%

 

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who helped keep Toronto clean and green. See you again next year – the tentative dates for the 17th annual cleanup are April 24-26, 2020.

On April 27-28, 2019, thousands of Toronto residents and community groups did their part and picked up litter to keep our city clean and green.

We encourage groups and individuals to clean up litter all year long. How you can help!

  • Select your favourite park, beach, ravine or any other public space that needs a cleanup.
  • Ask your friends, family and neighbours to join your cleanup team.
  • Large groups should call 311 to notify the City about your cleanup event.
  • Litter that is collected can be placed inside City of Toronto street and park litter bins.

Every year, hundreds of Toronto businesses  participate in the Corporate 20-Minute Makeover – part of the City’s annual spring cleanup.

Participating in the Makeover is a unique team building opportunity and a great way to show your commitment to a cleaner, greener Toronto.

To learn more about the annual Corporate 20-Minute Makeover, please contact cleantoronto@toronto.ca

Thank you to the 500 schools who joined us on Friday, April 26. All registered schools will be acknowledged for their support.

To learn more and join the 2020 School Cleanup Day, please contact cleantoronto@toronto.ca

Thank you to our sponsors and partners. Together we can keep Toronto clean and green!

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  • Wear appropriate and protective clothing (boots, gloves, rain jacket, hat, sunscreen).
  • Bring a first aid kit; students should be accompanied by a person trained in first aid.
  • Be mindful of vehicles when near or adjacent to a road.
  • Do not work on unstable or slippery ground (ravines, river banks), in tunnels, or near stormwater management ponds.
  • Only pick-up litter. Leaves, twigs and plants can remain on the ground.
  • Avoid stepping on shrubs, bulbs, and flowers.
  • Do not pick up or move heavy objects such as tree limbs.
  • Do not pick up dangerous items (syringes and needles, metal, chemicals, medical waste) – report the location of these items to 311.
  • Hazardous waste such as batteries, aerosol containers, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), helium and propane tanks/cylinders, should be set aside from recycling and litter.
  • Report suspicious items to Toronto Police Service via their non-emergency telephone number at 416-808-2222.

Recycling Tips

  • Only put clean recycling in the blue bags, such as empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
  • Place dirty recyclables, wet papers, and metal in the litter bag.
  • Recyclables collected in a City park should be placed in or beside the large City blue bins in the park.
  • Check the Waste Wizard or download TOwaste App on your smartphone to find out what can and cannot be recycled.
  • Keep hazardous waste separate from garbage and recycling. Hazardous waste includes batteries, aerosol containers, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), helium and propane tanks/cylinders, syringes and needles.
  • Do not pick up dangerous articles (syringes and needles, metal, chemicals, medical waste) – report the location of these items to 311. School cleanup leaders may report this to their Superintendent.

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