Apr 04, 2005
The City of Mississauga is celebrating Earth Days with a litter cleanup blitz. The 20-Minute Mississauga Makeover is part of a major clean sweep initiative in seven GTA municipalities from Oakville to Pickering. Residents, community groups, businesses, institutions and schools are asked to stop what they're doing at 2 p.m. on April 22 to go outdoors and pick up litter in their vicinity for at least 20 minutes.
"What a great opportunity for every Mississauga citizen to get directly involved in beautifying our city," said Mayor Hazel McCallion, a strong advocate of litter-free communities. "Taking as little as 20 minutes out of your day can contribute a great deal when we're all working together."
A Mississauga Community Cleanup will also be held for residents, community groups and clubs on Saturday, April 23. As with the Friday event, everyone is encouraged to clean up an area of their choice, such as a local park, road, boulevard, parking lot or natural open space.
To assist cleanup volunteers, corporate sponsors are pitching in with supplies, services and distribution outlets. Garbage bags, disposable gloves and funding are donated by Tim Hortons, McDonald's, TD Friends of the Environment, The Home Depot, CPI Plastics, Superior Glove Works, the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun. All Pizza Pizza and The Beer Store locations in Mississauga will be distributing the bags and gloves until April 23rd. As well, the Region of Peel will make an exception to its three-bag limit, when picking up the distinctive lime-green bags from April 25 to 29.
Registrations are now being accepted for both the 20-Minute Mississauga Makeover on Friday, April 22 (Earth Day) and the Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 23, online at www.mississauga.ca or 905-615-4162.
Other Mississauga Earth Days events on Saturday, April 23 include an interactive and educational display hosted by EcoSource Mississauga at Square One; Malton Stewardship Day at Wildwood Park; and a trail restoration planting at Mississauga Garden Park. For information on these programs and the cleanups, see "Earth Days 2005" at www.mississauga.ca or call 905-896-5056.
Public Affairs Specialist