Programs for Residents

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need to register my cleanup?

When is the deadline to register my event?

Where can I pick up free GLAD® garbage and recycling bags?

What should we do with the garbage and recycling we collect?

What items should go in the recycling bags?

What should we do with hazardous waste such as paint, batteries, etc.?

When will City crews pick up the litter we collect?

What should we do if we find large or heavy items?

Can I bring my rake or other garden tools?

What should I wear?

What if it rains?

What does the City do to clean Toronto in the spring?

 

Why do I need to register my cleanup?

It's important to register your cleanup event so that the City can determine if special litter collection is required. Registration also ensures that multiple groups do not clean the same location.

 

What is the deadline to register a cleanup?

School - Tuesday, April 4

Corporate - Tuesday, April 11

Community - Monday, April 13

 

Where can I pick up free GLAD® garbage (white) bags and recycling (blue) bags?

After April 3, pick up free GLAD® bags at any of these locations:

  • Pizza Pizza locations in Toronto
  • 250 City of Toronto Community Centres
  • Toronto City Hall & Metro Hall
  • Civic Centres

Quantities are limited. 

 

What should we do with the garbage and recycling we collect?

Place the litter in the campaign GLAD bags and leave the bags neatly piled at the location indicated on your registration form. If you clean a park please leave the bags beside a park litter & recycling bins. Bags should be piled in safe and highly visible spot so that collection trucks are able to find it easily.

 

What items should go in the recycling bags?

Place CLEAN recycling in the blue bags, such as empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Adding litter, wet paper, dirty recyclables, metals, or any other incorrect items (e.g. batteries) into the blue bag will contaminate the recyclables. Contaminated blue bags end up in the trash. Please recycle right.

 

What should we do with hazardous waste such as paint, batteries, etc?

Do not put household hazardous waste (HHW) into the garbage or recycling bags - this includes batteries, syringes, paints, medications, compact florescent light bulbs and cleaning products. Hazardous waste should be dropped off at a HHW depot. For more information, call 311.

 

When will City crews pick up the litter we collect?

Please leave the litter you collect at the proper location ready for pick-up by 2 p.m. on the day of your registered cleanup. City crews will pick up the litter you collect during the April 21-23 cleanup weekend. It may take up to 24-48 hours to collect the litter for all registered events. . 

 

What should we do if we find large or heavy item?

If you find large items, such as tires, furniture, shopping carts, scrap metal, etc., please call 311 and report the location. We don't encourage groups to move large and/or heavy items.

 

Can I bring my rake or other garden tools?

Please do not bring rakes or other garden tools to your cleanup. Raking can damage plants and spring flowers.

 

What should I wear?

You'll have a much more pleasant day if you're prepared. Wear appropriate clothing such as gloves, boots and a hat. You may find it helpful to bring snacks, water, bug repellent, sunscreen, and a pail or other container to carry any sharp objects that you collect.

 

What if it rains?

Clean Toronto Together is a rain or shine event. The City will not schedule litter pick-up for a new event date.

 

What does the City do to clean Toronto in the spring?

Starting in March, City staff kick-off the annual spring cleanup by cleaning up debris and litter on streets, parks and waterways across the city, and removing posters and graffiti vandalism on City property. City work crews also pick up the litter and debris that is collected through the community, corporate and school cleanups.

 

Other questions?

For more information about Clean Toronto Together, call 311. Looking for more ways to get involved in keeping our City clean, green and healthy year-round? Check out livegreentoronto.ca.

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