Today, London Clean & Green partners, volunteers, sponsors and City staff gathered to kick-off the 22nd annual London Clean & Green program with the 12 Days of Cleaning!
The 12 Days of Cleaning focuses on information and general awareness on litter prevention, garbage and illegal dumping from occurring. It highlights programs such as recycling take-out paper cups; safe disposal practice for household special waste; how to recycle renovation materials; and what to do with used clothing.
New this year, the 12 Days of Cleaning leads up to a special Canada 150 London Signature Event – Earth Day 150 Weekend.
“The 12 Days of Cleaning is a great way to mark the changing of the seasons, and is a simple way for us to work together to tidy up our community for all of the Canada 150 London events planned,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “This weekend will create awareness for waste reduction and environmentally friendly habits, which is a key part of our Strategic Plan. We want to make the Forest City one of the greenest communities in Canada.”
Earth Day 150 Event Schedule:
Friday, April 21: The 12th annual 20 Minute London Makeover. Local businesses/institutions are encouraged to take 20 minutes and tidy up outside their place of work.
Saturday, April 22: The 22nd annual London Clean & Green Community Cleanup Day. There are many cleanup locations throughout the city to pick up supplies and drop off litter. Participants can register their cleanup locations and learn more about the day at londoncleangreen.ca. The website offers a mapping feature allowing residents to place their cleanup locations on the map. (It is not a requirement to register to participate.) This event is supported by more than 40 community sponsors.
Sunday, April 23: Come celebrate Earth Day London and Trails Open London at St. Julien Park. Londoners are invited to a day of environmental discovery - meet a fluvial
geomorphologist and learn how cities shape our rivers, learn about London's amazing walking trails, experience hands-on science projects, tree planting, bird box building – something for every family member.
Full details on Earth Day 150 events can be found at Canada150London.ca.
London Clean & Green has evolved from a single cleanup event in 1996 to a program that will extend over 85 days focusing first on cleaning up London followed by many greening events in May and June.