Waste-Free Wednesday Cleanups in Etobicoke

Published on July 28, 2021

Waste-Free Wednesday Cleanups in Etobicoke
Do your part to keep our community litter-free by joining a local cleanup

NEWS                                                                                                                          July 28, 2021

Etobicoke – The Ontario government is encouraging safe cleanups in our local parks such as Humber Bay shores and Marie Curtis Park to help keep our province clean, healthy, and beautiful. On Waste-Free Wednesdays throughout the summer, MPP Hogarth is encouraging people to get outside and clean up litter in their local communities, while following public health measures and restrictions.

“As a resident of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, I am grateful to be within walking distance of several gorgeous parks; but it saddens me to see these parks soiled by litter. We all need to do our share to keep our parks clean and litter-free. Whether it's properly disposing of PPE and keeping it off the ground, or correctly recycling a coffee cup, these modest gestures will go a long way in protecting the beauty of our neighbourhood for future generations,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke—Lakeshore. “Waste-Free Wednesday cleanups are a fantastic initiative which stands as an important reminder to keep our greenspaces clean and litter-free. We all play a role in keeping Ontario healthy, so let’s work together this summer as a community to keep Etobicoke-Lakeshore clean.”

Building on the success of the Day of Action on Litter, the event is a weekly reminder of the importance of keeping our greenspaces and waterways clean and litter-free, and the role we all play in maintaining a cleaner, healthier Ontario now and for future generations.

“The average Ontarian generates one tonne of waste every year – much of this making its way to our waterways and greenspaces, harming wildlife and impacting human health,” said Andrea Khanjin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “What does end up in our landfills contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why it’s so important we all do our part to reduce waste and help keep our province clean, healthy, and beautiful.”

There are actions you can take to reduce waste and keep recyclables, food and organics out of our landfills right at home, including:

  • Using reusable storage containers instead of single-use food wraps.
  • Donating gently used clothes, toys, and household items instead of throwing them away.
  • Planning meals in advance and only buying what you need.
  • Knowing what items are accepted in your local green bin and blue box.
  • Making sure garbage bags are properly tied or sealed so litter is contained.

If participating in a cleanup, remember to follow health and safety guidelines, including measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as physical distancing and wearing a mask when in a group of people who are not in your household. For information and resources to help you organize a safe cleanup, use our litter cleanup guide.

Share pictures of your Waste-Free Wednesday Cleanups and other actions using the #WasteFreeWednesday and #actONLitter hashtags.

QUICK FACTS

  • Every 1,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill generates seven full time jobs in Ontario.
  • Almost every plastic item manufactured since the 1950s is still in our environment.
  • About $31 billion worth of food is wasted annually in Canada and Ontario households generate an estimated 1.4 million tonnes of food and organic waste per year.
  • 95 per cent of clothing sent to landfills could have been donated or recycled.
  • Making a can from recycled aluminum uses 95 per cent less energy.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Rachel Song

Office of MPP Christine Hogarth, Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Phone: 416-259-2249

Email:  [email protected]