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April 11, 2006
Pick up clean-up supplies now for this year’s 20-Minute Toronto Makeover
Special litter bags and gloves for the third annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover are now available at participating Toronto/GTA Pizza Pizza and Tim Hortons’ retail outlets, as well as at Toronto’s Recreation Community Centres. The public can get ready now to join in the city-wide clean-up taking place on Friday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

“Not only do we all have an opportunity to demonstrate pride in our city, we have the responsibility to turn our caring thoughts into action by participating in the upcoming clean-up events,” said Mayor David Miller. “In doing so, we will demonstrate that we are all in this together. Keeping Toronto clean and beautiful is up to all of us.”

As established last year, the 20-Minute Makeover is happening across the GTA, with Oakville, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering and Ajax participating. In 2005, Toronto, along with these GTA communities, attracted more than 157,000 registered participants.

Seven organizations are returning as official sponsors for the 2006 Makeover: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Home Depot, Tim Hortons, Toronto Star, Pizza Pizza, The Toronto Sun and McDonald’s.

For the first time, the City offers Makeover litter pickers 100 per cent biodegradable environmentally responsible plastic litter bags.

The Makeover is followed on Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day) by Mayor David Miller’s annual Community Clean-up Day, an opportunity to clean up a park or other public space in local neighbourhoods.

Organizations/large groups must register for both events by calling Access Toronto at
416-338-0338. Registration allows City staff to arrange special same-day litter pick-up. (Individuals can place their bagged litter with their regular household garbage, although the six-item limit still applies). The City encourages participants to sort recyclables into their proper containers.

More information is available at

The City’s annual operational spring clean-up continues for two more weeks (maps/clean-up schedules are available to the media).

Media contacts:

Don Wanagas
Office of the Mayor

Geoff Rathbone
Policy and Planning
Solid Waste Management Services Division



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