The City of Toronto works diligently throughout the year to keep public spaces vibrant and beautiful, with dedicated efforts made early in the spring to refresh streets, parks, and ravines after the winter. In 2022, spring cleaning efforts saw more than 763 tonnes of litter removed from public spaces.
The City’s Litter Operations run 16 hours per day, seven days a week. Litter costs the City millions of dollars a year to clean up and can have harmful effects on the environment and pose risks to both animals and people. Everyone has a role to play in keeping Toronto clean and safe. The public can do their part by properly disposing of items in available street and park bins and not littering items on the ground.
Ongoing efforts to keep Toronto clean:
Most common litter items in Toronto’s public spaces:
While the City has observed a small decrease in the average amount of small litter since 2020, more progress can be made.
Annual citywide spring cleanup:
Every year, the City does a month-long spring cleanup that helps to refresh streets, parks, ravines and other public spaces after the winter. It also enhances road and sidewalk safety, helps to improve air quality and contributes 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.
Common seasonal cleanup activities include:
Spring 2022 cleanup efforts by the numbers:
As part of the City’s 2022 spring cleanup efforts, more than 763 tonnes of litter was removed from public spaces such as sidewalks, boulevards, culverts, laneways, and walkways. Among other items, this included:
Various staff and equipment are involved in the citywide spring cleanup. In 2022, this included approximately:
Toronto has 5,780 km of roads and of 776 km sidewalks.
Learn more about the prevalence and effects of litter in Toronto on the City’s litter webpage.
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