Programs for Residents

Community Clean-up Days

This Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, thousands of Toronto residents, organizations and community groups and will do their part to keep our city clean and green.

Thank-you to the 300+ community groups who are helping keep Toronto clean and green. Registration for weekend litter pick-up is now closed.

We encourage individuals and small groups to visit a Toronto park this weekend. Please deposit the litter and recycling you collect inside our City of Toronto large black and blue bins.

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  • Wear appropriate and protective clothing (boots, gloves, rain jacket, hat, sunscreen)

  • Bring a first aid kit to your clean-up event

  • Students should be accompanied by a person trained in first aid

  • When near or adjacent a road – be mindful of vehicles at all times

  • Do not work on unstable or slippery ground (ravines, river banks), in tunnels, or near stormwater management ponds

  • Only pick-up human-made litter – leaves, twigs and plants should be left on the ground

  • Be mindful not to damage or step on emerging spring plants (shrubs, bulbs, flowers)

  • Do not pick up or move heavy tree limbs and objects 

  • Do not pick up dangerous items (syringes and needles, metal, chemicals, medical waste) – report the location of these items to 311

  • Hazardous waste should be set aside from your recycling & litter bags. Items include: batteries, aerosol containers, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), helium and propane tanks/cylinders

  • Report suspicious items to the Toronto Police Service's non-emergency telephone number 416-808-2222

Blue bags for recyclables will be provided to each registered school. Here's a few important notes:

  • What goes in recycling

  • Place only 'CLEAN' recycling in the blue bags - dirty, soaked or decomposing papers and plastics should be placed in your black litter bags

  • Recycling collected in City of Toronto parks must be placed in or adjacent the large Toronto blue bins

  • Hazardous waste should be set aside from your recycling bags. Items include: batteries, aerosol containers, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), helium and propane tanks/cylinders, syringes and needles.

  • Do not pick up dangerous articles (syringes and needles, metal, chemicals, medical waste) – report the location of these items to 311 or school clean-ups can speak with your superintendent