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March 23, 2010
City of Toronto’s annual spring cleanup is underway
The City’s annual spring cleanup has started early this year. Due to favourable weather conditions, operations staff have already cleaned up more than 836 tonnes of litter (equivalent to 24 transport haulers), removed 974 square metres of graffiti and removed 70 dead trees over the past few weeks.

The operating divisions taking part include Transportation Services (the co-ordinating division); Solid Waste Management Services; Municipal Licensing and Standards; Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Toronto Water; Fleet Services; Facilities Management; and Real Estate Services.

More than 500 staff are participating in the cleanup effort. There will be 300 pieces of equipment involved, including 50 litter vacuums, 45 sweepers, 20 front-end loaders, 50 stake trucks, 11 collection trucks and 60 pickup trucks.

The spring cleanup leads directly into two key components of Toronto’s Clean and Beautiful City Initiative - the 20-Minute Toronto Makeover on Friday, April 23, and Mayor David Miller’s Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 24.

The City removed more than 5,400 tonnes of litter during the three-week operational cleanup in 2009.

The 2010 cleanup is organized on the basis of the four districts that make up the city. Results of the cleanup, including before and after photos of certain areas, are available on the City’s website at

Photo op: City staff will be performing a cleanup operation at Chalkfarm Park, which media are invited to attend.
Date: Wednesday, March 24
Time: Between 10 and 11 a.m.
Location: Chalkfarm Park (ravine/watercourse north of Wilson Avenue, west of Jane Street)

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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