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.
It’s Ontario’s first annual Day of Action on Litter! 🎉— Jeff Yurek (@JeffYurekMPP) May 12, 2020
Watch this video message from Parliamentary Assistant @Andrea_Khanjin & I on how we’re kicking off 365 days of waste and litter reduction from home. Learn more: https://t.co/6UJHRkK6fD #ActONlitter pic.twitter.com/r5BUPbsEw3
“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,”
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.