You’re Invited: Clean Toronto Together + School Clean Up – Photo/Video Contest

Toronto will get a spring cleaning via the City’s Clean Toronto Together program which:

  • begins in early April with the City’s interdivisional clean-up effort involving hundreds of staff
  • will remove the litter and debris left behind after the winter and remove graffiti vandalism

Join in – to Clean Toronto Together

Residents can join in by signing up for either:

  • the Corporate and School Clean-up Day on Friday, April 20, 2012
    • Choose an area near your school or workplace and make it shine!
    • Please note: Schools do not register with the City of Toronto.
      • They must register participation via their principals with their respective School Boards.
    • Please click here to fill out this online form, make arrangements to get your litter bags.
    • Students from across the city will join together to clean up their school grounds and neighbourhoods
    • Show Toronto how your school pitched in to Clean Toronto Together via the KIDS CAN! Clean Toronto Together Photo/Video Contest:
      • Starting April 20th, send to the City of Toronto Environment Office your photos or videos showing how your school was inspired by the Clean Toronto Together schoolyard clean up experience
      • and your school could win one of three great prizes generously donated by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and valued at:
        • $3,000 (1st prize),
        • $1,500 (2nd prize),
        • and $500 (3rd prize).
      • ” Be creative!  Dance, rap, recite a poem, create a garbage sculpture – the sky’s the limit!”
      • Key Dates:
        • April 20 – School Clean Up Day – contest opens
        • April 30, 2012 – Deadline for entries of photos/videos
        • May 15 – Winners announced
        • By May 30 – Cheque presentation & pizza party at winning schools
      • Please click here for the details of the KIDS CAN! Clean Toronto Together Photo/Video Contest
  • or Mayor Rob Ford’s Community Clean Up Day  on Saturday, April 21, 2012 (rain day is Sunday, April 22: please be finished by no later than 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 so City crews can haul away the litter)
    • Help to clean up a public space such as a park, local street or a ravine
    • To find out more, including how to register for the event, call 311
      • Registration is important because City crews need to know where to go on Sunday, April 22 to pick up the litter your group collects.
      • If you don’t register, then the bags filled with litter left behind won’t be picked up and this can lead to problems.
      • Other people might add garbage to the pile and, in addition to this being illegal; it creates a mess in the neighbourhood.
      • If you decide to clean a park, you will need to bring the litter bags to the nearest street and/or intersection to ensure collection trucks and crews are able to pick up the collected garbage.
    • Here are the steps for participating in Mayor Ford’s Community Clean-up Day campaign:

1. Form a group with family, friends or neighbours or participate individually

2. Choose a clean-up location

3. Register with the City before April 18

4. GLAD® garbage bags are available at:

  • Toronto Community Centres,
  • the Security Desks at the Civic Centres,
  • the following Works Transfer Stations;
    • Commissioners Transfer Station, 400 Commissioners St. (South of Lakeshore Blvd. E., between Don Roadway & Carlaw Ave.) Tuesday – Friday (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    • Disco Transfer Station, 120 Disco Rd. (N.W. corner of Carlingview Dr. & Disco Rd.) Tuesday – Friday (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    • Ingram Transfer Station, 50 Ingram Dr. (East of Keele St, 6 Streets N. of Eglinton Ave. W.) Tuesday – Friday (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    • Scarborough Transfer Station, 1 Transfer Place (N. on Markham Rd., W. on Nugget Ave.) Tuesday – Friday (6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) and Saturday (6:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
  • and participating Pizza Pizza locations starting March 26 – while supplies last
  • To prepare for this event:
    • wear appropriate clothing for the day such as gloves, boots and perhaps a hat.
    • bring useful items such as bug repellant, bottled water, sunscreen and a pail for sharp objects
  • For any recyclables collected with the litter:
    • If possible, the City encourages you to put any recyclables collected in their institutional or residential recycling containers/carts/bins.
    • The City of Toronto Solid Waste Management Collection staff does not collect any of the items listed in SCHEDULE C TO CH. 844 PROHIBITED WASTE of the TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE.
    • Here is the link to the bylaw,

Check out the City’s Community Environment Days:

  • The 2012 season runs from April to October.
  • Watch for your local neighbourhood event.

Tomorrow, April 4, Mayor Rob Ford will introduce the City’s annual clean-up campaign – Clean Toronto Together – for 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in the Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Happy City Cleaning Toronto Together!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Media Advisory

April 2, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford to launch City’s Clean Toronto Together program for 2012

Mayor Rob Ford will introduce the City’s annual clean-up campaign – Clean Toronto Together – for 2012.  Mayor Ford will be joined by the returning sponsors for the event – lead partner GLAD, broadcast partner CP 24 and others including TD Friends of the Environment, the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, Tim Hortons, the Home Depot and Pizza Pizza.

Date: Wednesday, April 4
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

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