Province’s first Day of Action on Litter taking a different form under COVID restraints

Community-wide cleanup will have to wait

When the province first announced a Day of Action on Litter would take place on May 12th, no one would have known we’d be in the midst of a global pandemic.

When Environment Minister Jeff Yurek came to Innisfil in October of last year to announce the province-wide litter cleanup day, he said community-wide cleanup efforts would be organized. That will have to take a backseat.

“When the time is right, our government will work with communities and our partners to organize litter clean-up days across the province,” said Minister Yurek. “We know that Ontarians are eager to return outdoors, and this will be a great opportunity to reconnect with nature,”

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While a mass cleanup effort is still a ways off, Minister Yurek says there are ways we can make sure litter stays in its place:

  • Choosing products with less packaging and replace single-use food wraps with reusable storage containers.
  • Becoming experts in what goes in the green bin and blue box.
  • For anything that does belong in the trash, such as disposable gloves and masks, making sure garbage bags are properly tied or sealed, to keep our neighbourhoods clean and safe.