Businesses, individuals turn out in large numbers for City clean-up events|
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Thousands of people across the city took to the streets, school yards, parks
and ravines to clean up Toronto during the 20-Minute Toronto Makeover and Mayor
Miller's Community Clean-Up Day on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24.
More than 30,000 people registered to participate in the 20-Minute Makeover and
more than 14,000 people signed up to take part in the Community Clean-Up event.
While those numbers reflected those in organized groups, the City estimates
that thousands more individuals and small groups participated in both events.
"The response to these two events demonstrates how much the people of Toronto
care about their city, and how much they want to see it sparkling again," said
Mayor David Miller, who participated in both events at various locations across
Toronto. "I want to thank all participants for this great display of civic
The 20-Minute Toronto Makeover, part of the first phase of the Clean City,
Beautiful City initiative, asked residents to get outside for 20 minutes at 2
p.m. on Friday, April 23 and pick up litter around their workplace, school or
Home Depot, Tim Hortons, the Toronto Star, the Beer Store, Pizza Pizza, the
Toronto Sun and McDonald's supported the event, providing supplies such as
garbage bags and gloves, serving as distribution points for those supplies, and
assisting with promotion.
The Mayor's Community Clean-Up Day, an annual event now in its sixth year, is
an event where students, friends, co-workers and neighbours get together to
organize a litter clean-up in a public space in their neighbourhood.
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Coordinator, Works and Emergency Services,