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April 6, 2009
City of Toronto's annual spring clean-up underway
The City’s annual spring clean-up begins officially today (April 6) and will run for three weeks. Favourable weather allowed the City to start the program early, and operations staff have already cleaned up more than 1,600 tonnes of litter in the past few weeks.

The operating divisions taking part include Transportation Services (co-ordinating division); Solid Waste Management Services; Municipal Licensing and Standards; Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Toronto Water, Fleet Services and Facilities; and Real Estate. Those divisions, along with staff support from the City’s agencies, boards and commissions, will collaborate to clean up winter debris. The spring clean-up leads directly into two key components of Toronto’s Clean and Beautiful City Initiative - the 20-Minute Toronto Makeover on Friday, April 24, and Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 25.

There will be 500 staff dedicated to the clean-up and 300 pieces of equipment, including 55 litter vacuums, 50 sweepers, 20 front-end loaders, 40 stake trucks, 10 collection trucks and 125 pickup trucks.

The City removed more than 3,500 tonnes of litter during the three-week operational clean-up in 2008. The 2009 clean-up will be organized on the basis of the four areas that make up the city. Maps showing the daily schedule, organized by district, are available on the City’s website 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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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