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April 7, 2005
Mayor David Miller invites residents to pick up their supplies for this year’s 20-Minute Toronto Makeover
Special litter bags and gloves are now available at The Beer Store and Pizza
Pizza retail outlets as well as at local Parks and Recreation Community Centres
for the second annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover. Residents can get ready now
to join their neighbours for the citywide clean-up, which will take place on
Friday, April 22 (Earth Day).

"This event is about more than picking up litter - it’s about contributing
something to your neighbourhood, and getting a lot in return," said Mayor David
Miller. "We started something special with last year’s event, and now we’re
building on that sense of pride and engagement."

This year, the 20-Minute Makeover expands across the GTA, with Oakville,
Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering and Ajax participating.

In Toronto, hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations have already
registered, including Scout groups, Ratepayers Associations, the Toronto
District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board, religious
groups, volunteers from the Canadian Armed Forces, Business Improvement
Associations, banks, utilities, and other businesses.

Eight sponsors are helping to promote the event and to distribute clean-up
supplies: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Home Depot, Tim Hortons,
Toronto Star, The Beer Store, Pizza Pizza, The Toronto Sun and McDonald’s.

The makeover will be followed on Saturday, April 23 by Mayor Miller’s annual
Community Clean-up Day. "The 20-Minute Makeover is great for beautifying the
space right by your home, business or school," said Mayor Miller. "I also
invite people to pitch in the next day to pick up litter in a park or other
public space in their neighbourhood. These are two fun events that let all
Torontonians show their pride in their city."

Organizations and individuals can register for both events by calling Access
Toronto at 416-338-0338. Registration allows City staff to arrange special
litter pick-up. (Residents can also place their bagged litter with their
regular household garbage, although the six-bag limit still applies.) The City
encourages participants to sort recyclables into their proper containers.

More information can be found at

Media contacts:

Geoff Rathbone
Director, Policy and Planning
Solid Waste Management Services Division

Patchen Barss
Office of the Mayor
416-338-7134 or 416-527-3486 (cell)



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