Clean Toronto Together
During April 20-22, over 185,000 residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups came together for the 15th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces.
- Community Cleanup Days: Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22
- Corporate 20-Minute Makeover: Friday, April 20
- School Cleanup Day: Friday, April 20
We encourage everyone to continue doing their part to keep our city clean and green. If you see litter in your local park, sidewalk or any other space, please put that waste where it belongs – in a litter bin.
Final participation numbers:
- 455 Community Cleanups (a 37% increase compared to 2017)
- 491 School Cleanups
- 260 Corporate Cleanups
- 186,637 Volunteers
On Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, thousands of Toronto residents and community groups picked up litter and helped keep our city clean and green.
You can help all year long! Visit your favourite park, beach, ravine or any other public space that needs a cleanup. Ask your friends, family and neighbours to join you. Any small pieces of litter that you find can be placed inside one of our City of Toronto park litter bins.
Participating in the 20-Minute Makeover can be a great team-building event, and a great way to show that your business is committed to a cleaner and greener environment.
Your business can still help! Visit your local park, beach, ravine or any other public space that needs a cleanup. Any small pieces of litter that you find can be placed inside one of our City of Toronto park litter bins.
The School Cleanup Day is your opportunity to pitch in and help to keep Toronto clean and green. Gather your students and staff and clean your schoolyard or a neighbourhood park. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in as little as 20 minutes.
To learn more about the School Cleanup Day please contact Jeff McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our sponsors and partners. Together, we can keep Toronto clean and green!
- 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.
- 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 garbage.
- Recyclables collected in a City park, should be placed in or beside the large City blue bins in the park.
- Check the Waste Wizard 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.