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May 8, 2000
CLEAN TORONTO - new Equipment, Staff and Hotline Number
CLEAN TORONTO, a new city program featuring additional staff, new equipment, a
hotline number for people to call when they see litter in the streets or parks
and a community clean up day, has been officially launched by Toronto's Works
and Emergency Services Department.

"There have been a number of complaints over the past year regarding the amount
of garbage on city streets, parks and other places, too," said Councillor Bill
Saundercook, chair of the work's committee. "This program is going to do
something about that. We're bringing in more people and equipment to help get
this city cleaner than ever.

To get the public involved in the cleanup, a "Community Clean Up Day" has been
scheduled for Saturday, May 13. Residents, community groups, organizations and
clubs are being encouraged to clean up parks, ravines, watercourses and other
public areas in their neighbourhoods.

To register for the program, call 416-392-4546.

Another key component of the clean-up plan is the creation of a hotline number,
39-CLEAN (416-392-5326), that residents can call to tell city officials about
litter at a certain location. The city will send appropriate staff to clean up
the area of concern.

In other highlights of the plan, the city will:

provide 500 additional litter bins
hire extra by-law enforcement officers to check on late night and weekend
dumping of garbage
hire 40 summer staff for litter clean up duties
contract for 12 sidewalk litter vacuums and operators
purchase one sidewalk power washer/scrubber
review routing and scheduling for commercial garbage pickup

In addition, the city has developed an awareness campaign featuring
advertisements, posters, web site information and other methods to highlight
the issue.

While these measures will help, Councillor Saundercook said that residents must
join in the fight to keep Toronto clean.

"We need people to help by putting litter in the containers provided and not
dropping it on the streets or in parks," he added.

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