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April 12, 2007
Gear up with bags and gloves - it’s 20-Minute Makeover time in Toronto
Special litter bags and gloves for the fourth annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover are now available at participating Toronto/GTA Pizza Pizza, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s retail outlets, as well as at Toronto’s Recreation Community Centres. Get equipped and join in the city-wide 20-minute clean-up taking place on Friday, April 20 at 2 p.m.

“Civic pride is at the heart of our commitment to keeping Toronto clean and beautiful. It is up to all of us.” said Mayor David Miller. “At last year’s Makeover, more than 120,000 people spent 20 minutes cleaning up litter, each individual showing how much they care about Toronto.”

The 20-Minute Makeover also happens across the GTA, with Oakville, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering and Ajax participating. In 2006, Toronto, along with these GTA communities, attracted more than 185,000 registered participants.

The seven organizations returning as sponsors for the 2007 Makeover include TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, The Home Depot, Tim Hortons, Toronto Star, Pizza Pizza, The Toronto Sun and McDonald’s.

The Friday Makeover is followed on Saturday, April 21 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 and large groups must register for either event 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 three-week operational spring clean-up, which began April 2, continues to tackle litter clean-up daily in four different areas of the city. Maps and clean-up schedules are available online at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Geoff Rathbone, Acting General Manager Solid Waste Management Services Division, 416-392-4715
Stuart Green, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119



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