It’s Time to Clean and Green Our City!
Are you looking for ways to become more involved in the London community? If so, I have the answer!
Every year around Earth Day, the City of London coordinates the work of various organizations and community volunteers in picking up litter, removing graffiti and planting trees around the city. London Clean & Green is a local version of “Pitch-In Canada,” a national community clean-up program which happens every year across Canada to promote citizens to get outside and clean up their neighbourhoods. Some other cities who participate include Toronto, Mississauga, Waterloo and Windsor.
London Clean & Green includes a “20 Minute Makeover,” where businesses are encouraged to get involved and pick up litter around their property and nearby areas. Some businesses who participated in last year’s event include RONA, Western Fair and Friends of the Palace Theatre. Below is a list of some other highlights of last year’s event.
- Bags of litter and garbage were collected from approximately 150 locations across London.
- Between 7000 and 9000 volunteers participated.
- Mayor Joe Fontana participated in the clean up and gave his praises to community members for their hard work.
- Approximately 18 to 20 tonnes of litter were collected.
- London Police staff coordinated the removal of graffiti around the city.
- The Thames River Conservation Authority coordinated the planting of 1500 shrubs and trees on the following day.
Now, one of my only concerns about this event arose when attempting to find out some numbers pertaining to the amount of recyclables collected. On the City of London website it says, “If possible, we encourage you to put any recyclables collected in public space recycling bins or even take them home and put them in your Blue Box.” These options simply did not seem sufficient to me, so I sought out a representative to ask them if they thought the lack of provisioning of recycling bins for the event would encourage volunteers to simply place recyclables in their garbage bags with the rest of the trash. Erin Helm, an Organizing Committee Member for London Clean & Green and a member of the City of London’s Solid Waste Management team addressed my concerns.
“Because so many satellite sites were included in the event and recycling trucks do not operate on Sundays, recycling receptacles were only available at the 8 official meeting sites. This gives volunteers the options of either taking the recycling home with them or to one of the official meeting locations to drop it off.”
Although the recycling options for this event are not as convenient as those for trash, the City of London certainly does a wonderful job of engaging community members and providing them with the ability to participate in this great event.
We all benefit from having a cleaner comunity, so do you part to create positive change in the city you know and love! Register online to take part in London's 2013 Clean & Green at http://www.cleangreen.london.ca/clean_green_London.html.