Programs for Residents

School Cleanup Day

On Friday, April 21, schools across Toronto helped Toronto stay clean and green. 

Thank you to the 170,000 students and teachers who teamed up to clean their school yard and neighbourhood parks. Their hard work has inspired others and gives hope for a much greener future!

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

  • Bring a first aid kit to your cleanup 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

Recyclables should be placed in the blue GLAD bags. Here's a few important notes:

  • Only put 'CLEAN' recycling in the blue bags, such as empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Dirty recyclables, wet papers, metal or decomposed/broken recycling should be placed in the litter.

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

  • What goes in recycling

  • 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 cleanups can speak with your superintendent