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Mississauga Sports Teams Asked to Suit up Against Litterbugs

May 30, 2005

The City of Mississauga is hoping local sports teams will win the game against litter this season. Soccer, baseball, softball, cricket and tennis players are being asked to pitch in by cleaning up around their sports field or court: 

What:   Post-game Litter Pickup
When:  After any game or practice from Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 19
Where: Surrounding parks and streets of home field/court
How:    Teams register online at www.mississauga.ca/litterbug

This special cleanup by City sports field users was suggested by Ward 4 Councillor Frank Dale at a recent Council Meeting. "It's great to see the City's sports fields teeming with activity in the spring and summer, but along with the players, spectators and other park users comes the garbage that doesn't always find its way into the trash bins," said Councillor Dale. "I'd like to see these athletes contribute to the community by taking 10 or 15 minutes after a practice or game to help clean up surrounding park areas or nearby streets."

Registered teams will be entered in a draw for a chance to win a team meal, compliments of McDonald's and Tim Hortons. As well, each player will receive a souvenir Slam Dunk Your Junk sports bottle. Participating groups will be provided with complimentary garbage bags, disposable gloves and garbage collection by City Parks staff.

This event is being held in conjunction with the City's ongoing "Don't be a Litterbug" public awareness campaign which is designed to raise litter consciousness among residents, businesses and youth.

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Media Contact:
Sandra Desrochers
Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: 905-615-3200x5934
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   sandra.desrochers@mississauga.ca


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