Unfortunately, the annual Clean Toronto Together community cleanup campaign was cancelled due to COVID-19.
During the pandemic, the City has been working hard to keep public spaces clean and safe. Staff are out each day picking up litter, emptying street and park waste bins and sweeping streets.
Litter can have harmful effects on the environment and pose risks to both animals and people. There has been an increase in the littering of personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, in Toronto’s public spaces. The public can do their part to help keep Toronto clean and safe by properly disposing of items in available street and bins and not littering items on the ground. The public can also report litter hot spots to 311.
If residents find personal protective equipment or other trash discarded on their property, they are advised to use gloves to pick it up and to discard it in the garbage, along with the gloves and then wash their hands.
“I’m proud to announce today that a targeted spring cleanup will take place across Toronto over the next few weeks. I sincerely thank our frontline workers who are stepping up to make sure our city remains clean and safe during the COVID-19 emergency.”
- Mayor John Tory
“Our priority right now – as always – is to have a safe, clean city we are all proud of. The spring cleanup has always been a great success and I appreciate the volunteerism it brings out across the city. Our parks are greatly valued, and we all want to take care of them, but personal and community safety comes first. We hope to reschedule these events at a future date when and if our healthcare professionals feel it is safe to do so.”
- Councillor James Pasternak, York Centre (Ward 6), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee