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Community Cleanup Initiatives

Pickering's community clean-up initiatives include:

20-Minute Pickering Makeover

Pickering joined forces with neighbouring municipalities for the GTA wide 20-Minute Makeover in 2005 and has since been using this opportunity to pick up litter around City streets, parks, schools and workplaces in our community. In total, over 70,000 participants have taken part in this annual event.

Join us on Friday, April 22, 2016 for the 12th Annual 20-Minute Pickering Makeover.  Businesses, schools, community groups, neighbourhood associations and residents are invited to cleanup up their community. More detailed information on how to participate can be found on the event page.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Every September, thousands of volunteers across the country unite to eliminate aquatic garbage.  The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup began in 1994 and has become one of the largest in the world.  Each year over 47,000 Canadians participate in cleanup activities along our shorelines.

Community volunteers in Pickering have helped remove dozens of plastic bags, hundreds of plastic bottle caps, food wrappers and hundreds of other items from our Lake Ontario shoreline. In 2015, volunteers helped cleaned up Duffins Creek near Beverley Morgan Park, and in 2013, we partnered with Toronto and Region Conservation to host a community cleanup at Rotary Frenchman's Bay West Park. 

Pitch-in Party

Host a Pitch-in Party anytime from April to November.  Gather your neighbours, family, workplace, school or association and donate some time to cleaning up a local greenspace, creek, trail or neighbourhood. The City can even suggest some areas that need a helping hand.

We will provide bags & gloves and will pick up and dispose of the waste at the end of your event.  Contact us to get involved!

If you are organizing a cleanup please read the brochure, Safety First: Simple Steps for a safe litter cleanup event.