Community Clean Up for Earth Day

In honour of Earth Day (April 22) West Park staff members teamed up with York Humber High School on Monday to clean up our community.

Our West Park team began at the back of the Ruddy Building and worked their way down Emmett Avenue toward Eglinton Avenue, diligently filling large garbage bags full of trash along the way. They then joined with York Humber staff and students to weigh our collected garbage. Together we took 92 kilograms of garbage off the streets of our neighbourhood!

Keeping trash off our streets is a group effort. In the City of Toronto’s 2020 litter audit, it found that the rate of small litter collected from 300 sample sites had increased 8.1 per cent between 2016-2020. The most common small-litter items were chewing gum and cigarette butts. The city also ranked the amount of branded litter, with Tim Horton’s and Starbucks in the Top 10, suggesting many people toss their coffee cups instead of disposing of them properly. (Not sure where a particular piece of trash goes? Check out the City’s WasteWizard to find out how to dispose of it properly.)

Thank you to everyone who joined in!