When the snow melts in the Lake Simcoe area, not only plants and flowers start popping up.
The melting snow also reveals literally tonnes of garbage that people have left behind - along sidewalks, in school yards and on the lake. Many Lake Simcoe communities organize spring clean-ups. Here are the details for some of these clean-ups. NOTE: SOME DATES HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.
APRIL 14 - AURORA
The Town of Aurora invites residents to participate in Aurora’s Annual Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Town staff, residents and volunteers will help clean up litter throughout the community.
“I encourage our community to participate in Aurora’s Annual Clean-up Day. Aurora residents are strong advocates for protecting our local environment. With the warmer weather settling in, the litter that has been under the snow all winter becomes more apparent. By working together, we can help beautify our space and help keep Aurora litter free,” said Mayor Geoffrey Dawe.
When: Saturday, April 14
• 8 a.m. Registration and distribution of kits
• 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Clean-up activities
• 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Appreciation barbecue
Where: Clean up takes place at various sites. Please register to choose your site. An appreciation barbecue will be held at Aurora Town Park
To register, please visit aurora.ca/cleanup. All registered participants will receive a clean-up kit at check-in on Saturday, April 14. Please remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
The event is proudly sponsored by Green For Life Environmental (GFL), Glad, Home Depot, McDonalds, The Optimist Club of Aurora and Tim Hortons.
APRIL 27 TO 29 - BARRIE - NEW DATES
Barrie Spring into Clean
Get involved and keep Barrie beautiful! This annual project occurs during Earth Week and is designed to clean up our community, while raising levels of environmental awareness and social responsibility, through active participation in one of our four "Spring Into Clean" events.
2018 Program Events
Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Waterfront Cleanup Day (Heritage Park)
Friends, family and neighbours are encouraged to come out and clean up Barrie's waterfront area. Supplies will be provided, as well as beverages and snacks by Tim Hortons. Registration is not required for the Waterfront Cleanup Day.
April 28 & 29: Community Cleanup Days
Remember to use the official Spring into Clean collection bags, which will ensure that the garbage you pick up is collected on Monday, April 30.
Friday, April 27: Student Participation Day
April 27 to 29: Corporate Cleanup Days
A Spring into Clean flag raising ceremony was supposed to take place at City Hall on April 16, but was cancelled due to the weather. This flag raising has been rescheduled for April 23 at 1 p.m.
Spring into Clean is sponsored by Tim Hortons and garbage collection is donated by Waste Connections of Canada. The Spring Into Clean events are designed to clean up our community, while raising levels of environmental awareness and social responsibility
For more information, visit www.barrie.ca/SpringIntoClean.
Partnership Opportunities Available
Spring Into Clean 2017 Results
Participants (all events): 19,141 residents
Amount of litter collected: 7.5 tonnes
Cleaned: 159,328 sq. meters
This information is in reference to the community clean-up event, “Spring Into Clean”, only. Any residents interested in a community clean-up outside of the “S.I.C.” timeframe are asked to contact the Parks Department at 705-739-4255.
APRIL 22 TO APRIL 29 - ORO-MEDONTE PITCH IN WEEK
Part of Pitch In Canada, a country-wide initative.
Bags will be available at the Township Administrative Centre approximately one week before the event.
In response to a question from Oro-Medonte resident Rob Bicevskis, who last year paid to take a trailer load of shoreline garbage to the dump, John Crawford, Oro-Medonte Councillor Ward 4, writes: "Many dedicated local individuals, myself included, volunteer time each year in the spring during pitch in week to clean the garbage from the ditches. The County of Simcoe picks up the extra garbage from this program free of charge.
"Special yellow bags and gloves can be picked up at our township office at no charge and the filled bags can be left by the curb for pick up.
"Please feel free to call the township office for details about the program."
(Oro-Medonte Clerk’s Office – 705-487-2171)
Crawford said it was the first time he had been asked about lake junk. He suggested "a person could use the yellow bags for smaller garbage from the lake and set it by the roadside for pickup."
MAY 5 - NEWMARKET
Newmarket Community Cleanup
• Saturday, May 5
• Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)
• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help keep your neighbourhood clean with the 40th annual Community Cleanup event. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided for residents to pick up and take back to their own neighborhoods to clean up surrounding streets and parks. Following the cleanup, as a thank you, volunteers can enjoy a free BBQ lunch with family friendly entertainment.
8 to 9 a.m. Registration (pre-registration not required)
• Pick up gloves, garbage bag, recycling bag, and a map to a cleanup location
• If you have a vehicle, you can drive your supplies to your location. If you cannot drive to another locations, you can cleanup along the Tom Taylor Trail (by the Municipal Offices).
9 a.m. to Noon Cleanup
• Leave your garbage, recycling and large items by the garbage cans in a park or by the curb where it can be easily picked up by the garbage truck.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. BBQ lunch for the cleanup volunteers
• Return to the Municipal Offices for a free BBQ lunch to say thank you for cleaning up our parks
• Let the staff and volunteers know when you return, what location you cleaned and where you left your garbage so staff can pick it up with the garbage truck.
Looking to complete high school volunteer hours? There are two ways to volunteer at this event:
• Receive 3 volunteer hours for participating in the cleanup.
• Signup online at www.newmarket.ca/volunteer and assist in running the event.
Continue to share how you helped clean your community by tagging @townofnewmarket and using the hashtag #icleanedup
MAY 5 - BRADFORD WEST GWILLIMBURY - NEW DATES
BWG Community Clean-up Day takes place every spring to clear litter and debris from public spaces in town.
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Event participants meet at the Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre (125 Simcoe Road)
Details: Event participants meet at the Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre and are bussed to selected areas for clean-up. Event participants are then bussed back to the Community Centre for a thank-you lunch. Reflective vests and gloves are provided. Participants should come dressed for the weather and wear comfortable footwear.
High school students who wish to use this event as volunteer credit for high school must bring their forms to be signed to the event.
MAY 12 - INNISFIL
Innisfil Pitch-In Day, Saturday, May 12, 2018
Sign in at your local Fire Stations – Opens at 9am
Stroud – 2394 Victoria Street West
Alcona – 780 Innisfil Beach Road
Lefroy – 1214 20 Sideroad
Cookstown – 23 King Street North
Garbage bags, gloves and morning refreshments provided.
Volunteer Appreciation BBQ – New Location
Centennial Beach Park – Pavilion
2870 7th Line, Innisfil
Noon to 2pm
Corner of 7th Line and 10 Sideroad
Face painting, balloons, free handouts and refreshments
Available for purchase CASH ONLY: Rain barrels & composters $50 each
Blue and grey recycling bins $5 each
Green bins $15 each
Bring old household batteries to the Appreciation BBQ for disposal – NO CAR BATTERIES
May 15 - RAMARA
Community Clean Up -
Meet Tuesday, May 15, 10am
At Ramara Township Offices Parking Lot
We provide gloves, bags, vests, water
You provide boots, sunglasses, enthusiasm
What you get - Satisfaction knowing you are making Brechin a Better Place to Live and Play
Please Join Us!
ON-GOING - ORILLIA
The City of Orillia has a by-law prohibiting littering. The fine for littering is $300. Contact the City By-law Office at 705-325-2313 if you observe an area of litter concern or witness an illegal dumping in action.
If you want to help keep your community clean, there is the following option:
• Individual Cleanups - For individual clean-ups please note the following:
• Clean-up is for City property only (along City boulevards/ditches)
• Clean-up events should occur the day before the regular waste collection day to ensure that the collected material does not sit out for long (we can provide you with the garbage pick-up day if you do not have this information)
• Special green garbage tags will be provided to ensure the waste is collected (any unused tags are to be returned to our office)
• Clean containers are to be sorted & placed in a clear plastic bag for recycling & do not require a garbage tag
• Garbage bags are not provided by the City
If you are interested in doing your own clean-up, we will require some details from you:
• The streets/areas you are planning to clean-up
• The date(s) you plan to do the clean-up
• How many garbage tags you expect to use
You are encouraged to recycle during these community cleanup events. Find out how with our Recycling Guide for Community Clean-Ups. Please call 705-325-3224 for more information.
The City welcomes the work of local volunteers whose dedication helps to reduce the litterbug habit.
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