Media Advisory
April 18, 2024

Tomorrow, Mayor Olivia Chow and City of Toronto officials will launch Clean Toronto Together, Canada’s largest municipal spring cleanup program. Leading up to Earth Day, the cleanup takes place this weekend from Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22. 

Date: Friday, April 19   

Time: 11:30 a.m. to Noon  
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West 

Every year, Clean Toronto Together invites co-workers, neighbourhood groups, families and individuals to host community cleanups to help remove litter from our public spaces including parks, ravines, sidewalks and beaches. More information is available on the City’s Clean Together Toronto webpage. 

Here are some ways to participate this weekend as a group or individual: 

  • Toronto businesses and schools are planning weekday 20-Minute Makeovers.
  • Community groups, families and individuals are encouraged to visit a local park, participating Toronto History Museum or other public space to help clean up litter.

Over a four-week period in April, the City deploys more than 200 pieces of equipment including litter vacuums, sweepers, front-end loaders and dump trucks to remove dirt, debris and graffiti from streets, bikeways, parks and watercourses. These efforts enhance road and sidewalk safety, help to improve air quality and contribute to cleaner and safer green spaces for people and animals by removing litter, garbage or debris from illegal dumping that can negatively affect waterways, aquatic life, animals, soil, plants and trees.  

In 2023, the Spring Clean-up Litter Operations removed 2,604 pick-up truck loads of waste, for a total of 977 metric tonnes. 

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