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April 7, 2009
Toronto equips itself for 20-Minute Makeover
The City of Toronto is in clean-up mode. The removal of winter debris and litter culminates during Earth Week with the 20-Minute Makeover at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

Residents, students, business professionals, government officials and Toronto staff take time out to do their part to tidy up the city. The clean-up supplies - the customized makeover litter bags and gloves - are ready for groups to pick up at Pizza Pizza retail outlets, Toronto community centres and civic centres. Toronto’s school boards encourage students to reuse a plastic bag from home to collect their litter, which is also an option available to the general public who would like to help reduce the volume of plastic bags in circulation.

“The 20-Minute Makeover is one day where doing a little does a lot,” said Mayor David Miller. “Green, clean, beautiful neighbourhoods make for a safe, healthy city. Thank you Torontonians for stepping up to demonstrate pride and interest in maintaining this great city’s public spaces.”

The sixth 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. The makeover’s seven returning official sponsors are TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, The Home Depot, Tim Hortons, Toronto Star, Pizza Pizza , The Toronto Sun and McDonald’s.

Following the 20-Minute Makeover, on Saturday, April 25, is Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day. Now in its ninth 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 17. Registration is available online at or by calling 416-392-7899. 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 clean-up, which officially began April 6, continues to tackle litter removal in four different areas of the City. Maps illustrating the daily schedule are posted 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 contacts:
Rob Orpin, Director, Collections, Solid Waste Management Services Division,
Stuart Green, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119,



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