Today, London Clean & Green partners, volunteers, sponsors, and City staff gathered at Fanshawe College to kick off the 24th annual London Clean & Green program with The 12 Days of Cleaning.
This year, the 12 Days of Cleaning will focus on information and general awareness about an important first step in litter prevention: making the choice to refuse unnecessary packaging and products.
“We all have a responsibility to look at the waste we’re creating and decide which items are ‘refusable’” says Mayor Ed Holder. “Reducing the potential for waste is really the first step in preventing litter and a mind shift we all should aim for.”
The 12 Days of Cleaning leads up to the annual 20-Minute London Makeover and conclude with the annual Community Cleanup Day. The 20-Minute London Makeover takes place on Friday, April 26 and encourages local businesses, institutions, and schools to get involved and collect litter and tidy up outside their place of work. The annual Community Cleanup Day takes place on Saturday, April 27 and involves the entire community with more than 40 community sponsors supporting the event.
Participants can register their cleanup locations and learn more about the events at londoncleangreen.ca. The website offers a mapping feature for residents to place their cleanup locations on the map and the City can then identify spots on the map that require attention. (Registration is not required to participate.)
London Clean & Green has evolved from a single cleanup event in 1996 to a city-wide program involving hundreds of volunteers and community champions. Clean & Green extends over 75 days, focusing first on cleaning up London followed by many greening events in May and June.