JRA Spring Clean Up: Clean Toronto Together in the Junction
Updated: Apr 21
Clean Toronto Together 2022 in the Junction Join the Junction Residents Association between 10:00 and 2:00 on Saturday April 23 in supporting the City of Toronto's Clean Toronto Together initiative (https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/clean-toronto-together/). A 20 minute litter pick-up blitz can make a big difference - especially if there are multiple mini blitzes taking place. We are waiting to hear about litter collection related to the event. Information to follow. How to participate: Independently: As your schedule allows, find your 20 minute window between 10:00 and 2:00 on Saturday April 23, pick your spot, wear gloves, take a bag for recycling, and one for garbage. Take a picture of your haul, or a before and after of the area you pick up and post pictures in Instagram and tag @JunctionRA #JRACleanUpCrew, then drop your bags off at the litter collection point. Information to follow. Join a group: April 23 - Vine Park - 10:30 - 11:00 April 23 - Malta Park - 11:30 -12:00 Join JRA members focussing on the parks and their surroundings for a quick 30 minute blitz. Bring your own gloves, waste bags. Garbage Drop off: Please drop off the garbage you collect from all areas of the neighbourhood at Malta Park (3179 Dundas) before 2pm, where the City will be picking it up. CLEAN UP SAFETY TIPS Wear appropriate and protective clothing (boots, gloves, rain jacket, hat, sunscreen).
1. Safety is a priority. Toronto has received rain and snow over the past week, please avoid slippery slopes and swollen waterways. And, always check before you reach; broken glass, sharps, etc., might be hidden from your view. Please find attached, a full list of safety tips (PDF) that should be followed during your cleanup.
2. Collecting Litter. Any type of bag can be used to collect litter. Participants are encouraged to reuse old plastic bags to collect litter and recycling. For examples of litter that you will find, please see attached – What goes in litter bag.
3. Recycling. Only 'clean and empty' recycling should be placed in the blue bins/recycling bags. Dirty, soaked or decomposing papers and plastics should be placed in the litter bags. For examples of recyclables you will find, please see attached – What goes in recycling bags.
4. Disposal. Thank you for scheduling special litter collection. This weekend, the City will be collecting litter from more than 300 locations. We hope to collect your litter bags shortly after your cleanup; however it may take up to 24-48 hours for some locations. If you notice your collection was missed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) must not be put in litter or recycling bags. If you find HHW, including paints, pesticides, propane tanks, batteries, used motor oil and many cleaning products, please place the items beside a City litter bin or call 311.
6. Syringes or hypodermic needles (sharps). If you find needles or syringes, please call 311. Do not pick up or touch sharps with your hands. Sharps must not be put in litter or blue bag recycling.
7. Report Litter Hot Spots & Illegal Dumping. The City has a bylaw against littering and illegal dumping. If you see an area with a lot of litter or notice illegal dumping of waste, please report it to 311.
8. Weather. As always, Clean Toronto Together will proceed rain or shine. Please come prepared!
9. Please complete the COVID self-screening check-list before attending the group clean up:
Learn what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Please review the following information before you begin your litter collection
Looking forward to seeing you out there!