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Goodbye Snow, Hello Flowers! Do your Part: Be a Green Hero

Mar 15, 2019

As the snow thaws, we know that garbage can pile up. Rest assured, City of Mississauga crews are on clean-up duty. Here are a few tips on how you can help before the blooms make their debut.
 
Use the waste and recycling bins provided in parks and other public spaces
Did you know that Mississauga has more than 500 parks and 300 publicly owned woodlands and natural areas? These are public spaces that we all share. It's up to each one of us to do our part to care for these spaces and keep them clean for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to put your trash in a proper container. If one isn’t available, hold onto your garbage until you find one. Follow the rules posted on signs – these rules protect you and the park. 
 
Always pick-up after your furry friends
Use the black garbage containers provided in parks and public spaces when out for a stroll with your four-legged pals – avoid depositing it in blue recycling cans. Keep an eye out for Mississauga’s new in-ground dog waste containers – a number of which will be installed in select parks this spring as part of a one-year pilot program. With approximately 300,000 dogs in Mississauga, these innovative containers convert waste into renewable energy and fertilizers. 
 
Report litter, dumping or debris
If you come across any illegal garbage dumping, litter or debris in Mississauga, report it using Mississauga’s online service tool or by calling 3-1-1. You will also be able to track your service request. 
 
Use reusable or refillable drink containers or bring your own cup
Reduce and reuse as much as you can before you recycle. Mississauga supports reducing single-use plastics (like bottles, cups and bags) from polluting the environment and earth’s oceans, and encourages everyone to join this movement.
 
Participate in a litter a clean-up
Organize or participate in community clean-ups, recycling programs and other efforts to reduce litter. The City of Mississauga will be organizing 20-Minute Makeovers – a litter clean-up initiative where everyone is encouraged to go outdoors and pick-up litter in their vicinity as part of Earth Day. Stay tuned for more details!   
 
Set a good example. Don't be a LitterBug and inform others about the impacts littering can have on the environment and how they can do their part. To learn more about how you can help, follow @MississaugaPF on Twitter or visit mississauga.ca/portal/residents/parks





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