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This is a day for everyone across the Province - citizens, municipalities and businesses - to unite under the common cause of creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable environment for ourselvesand for future generations.

To help make this year’s Day of Action on Litter a success, we are seeking your support with the following activities:

  1. Promote public participation in a local cleanup to celebrate the Day of Action on Litter and educate others on the impact of litter and waste. Please consult our Day of Action on Litter Toolkit for helpful tips and resources, including access to promotional photos and videos that you can share on your social media channels in the weeks leading up to the event.
  1. Host a litter cleanup on or around the Day of Action on Litter - Tuesday, May 14, 2024, and invite the public, volunteers, employees or members to participate. Here are some ideas to help boost cleanup participation:

·         Organize a friendly cleanup competition. Divide your cleanup crew into teams and compete for awards like Best Team Spirit or Most Unique Item Collected. Consider organizing a multi-day cleanup competition among municipalities, businesses or organizations in your region.

·         Team up with your neighbours! Partner with your municipality, a local organization or business and offer communication, coordination, cleanup supplies or other support to encourage people to get involved. This could also be a great way to increase your brand visibility.

  1. Share and promote use of the Litter Cleanup Guides and Litter Cleanup Reporting Form to others who may be interested in coordinating their own cleanup events:

·         Our Litter Cleanup Guides include information on how to organize a safe, successful litter cleanup and a form for participants to track what they collect during their cleanup.

Please note the cleanup guides remind participants of potential municipal requirements, such as: confirming whether a permit is required to clean up a certain area or seeking a litter disposal method.

·         Our Litter Cleanup Reporting Form is where participants can submit information about their cleanups with us. This information will help us better understand litter in our environment and may help inform future government decision making. To show our gratitude for your actions and support, we will email you a Certificate of Participation when you share with us the details of your cleanup activity using the Litter Cleanup Reporting Form or by emailing cleanup information to actONlitter@ontario.ca.

  1. On the Day of Action on Litter, post before and after pictures of your cleanup site on your social media accounts to document your team’s progress, using the hashtag #actONlitter.

Please keep an eye out for shareable social posts on our social media accounts (@ONenvironment on Facebook, X/Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram) and follow the #actONlitter hashtag. In past years, our Day of Action on Litter posts reached up to 3.1 million people — help us continue to build awareness and encourage action!

On May 14, let’s get our communities outside and taking part in litter cleanups on our streets, parks and lakefronts. By working together, we can make a difference, helping keep land and waterways clean, contributing to a safer and healthier province now and for future generations.

If you have any questions, please reach out to actONlitter@ontario.ca  or visit  www.ontario.ca/actONlitter for more great tips and information.

Thank you for your support and for contributing to a cleaner environment.

Andrea Khanjin

Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks 

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