Getting a head start on #Pick5toThrive!

April 16, 2019 - On April 16, equipped with garbage bags, gloves, and other thing-a-ma-bobs, we set out to reduce litter in Ontario; one green acre at a time. Litter clean up is important, as litter can often find its way into our fresh water systems, affecting the drinking water of over 7 million Canadians.

Our team was quick to realize that, once you start looking for litter, it really is everywhere. That white speck in the distance? Litter. That blue and orange flower-looking thing 5 yards away? Litter. That dark mound of shreds looking like moss near the waterway? Litter. And what's more important, these little bits of litter and plastic often find their way into our Urban River Valleys; piling up and polluting our local water systems and great lakes!

Here are just a few fun things that we found during our community clean-up:

  • Plastic lawn chairs (that’s right, PLURAL)
  • Pop cans
  • Fast food containers
  • Granola bar & candy wrappers
  • Juice boxes
  • Plastic bags
  • Animal waste bags
  • Straws
  • Newspapers
  • Plastic (so, so much plastic...)
  • Cigarette butts
  • ...more cigarette butts
  • and 'UFO's, Unidentified foul objects

The list goes on, but it’s not impossible to make it any shorter. But the truth is, even a quick team clean-up like ours can make all the difference in the world!

With over 2 million acres of farmland, forests, wetlands and rivers working together to provide clean air, fresh water and a sustainable, local food source, Ontario’s Greenbelt continues to support the provinces’ well-being and vibrant residents. Let's all do our small part to help keep it that way!

Can we count on our friends to help reduce litter in Ontario? Earth Day could, in fact, be every day…

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