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April 8, 2010
Toronto gets ready to clean up at 20-Minute Makeover and Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-Up Day
The City of Toronto is ready for its spring cleaning. The removal of winter debris and litter culminates during Earth Week with the 20-Minute Makeover at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 23.

Residents, students, business professionals, government officials and City staff take time out to do their part to tidy up Toronto. This year, participants are asked to reuse a small plastic bag from home to collect litter and then pick up free gloves and GLAD garbage bags (to hold the small bags) from participating Pizza Pizza retail outlets, Toronto community centres and civic centres. Toronto’s school boards have found that encouraging students to reuse a plastic bag from home to collect their litter, which they have done since the inception of the program, has been successful.

“The 20-Minute Makeover is a great time to come together with co-workers, students and others in your neighbourhood to help clean up our city,” said Mayor David Miller. “I would like to thank Torontonians for showing their pride in helping to keep our city’s public spaces clean and green.”

The seventh annual 20-Minute Makeover, stretching across the Greater Toronto Area to include Oakville, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering and Ajax, typically draws several hundred thousand volunteers.

This year, GLAD Canada has joined as the lead sponsor for the City of Toronto’s clean-up campaign. In addition to providing litter bags for the events, the company is participating in a variety of activities to promote the significance of keeping Toronto clean and green.

"As our very first year as the lead sponsor of the 20-Minute Makeover, GLAD couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of such an incredible initiative where something as simple as each of us spending just 20 minutes pitching in for some city-wide spring cleaning can be the tipping point to making Toronto even more beautiful and vibrant than the city we already know and love,” said Mark Malo, General Manager, GLAD Canada.

CP24 is joining the event as the TV sponsor in 2010 while the makeover’s seven founding sponsors -TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, The Home Depot, Tim Hortons, Toronto Star, Pizza Pizza , The Toronto Sun and McDonald’s are back supporting this event.

Following the 20-Minute Makeover is Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 24. Now in its 10th year, it’s an opportunity for community groups to clean up a park or other public space in their local neighbourhood. The deadline for organizations and large groups to register for either event is April 16. Registration is available online at or by calling 311. Registration allows City staff to arrange special same-day litter pickup. The City encourages participants, whenever possible, to sort recyclables into their proper containers.

Toronto’s annual three-week operational spring cleanup, which began in March due to favourable weather, continues to tackle litter removal in four different districts. Photographs of areas that City divisions have cleaned up are available 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. 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 contacts:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391,
Stuart Green, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119,



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