Spring Into Clean And Help Keep Barrie Beautiful

4.8 tons of garbage was collected in 2022

Hundreds of corporate and community participants and thousands of students will spring into action as part of Barrie’s Spring into Clean event.

This year’s event is being held from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23, 2023.

In 2022 approximately 12,370 residents participated in Spring into Clean, including thousands of students from 32 schools. Participants were able to collect 4.8 tons of garbage. This fell just short of the 4.95 tons that were collected in 2019, which was the last year the event was held before the pandemic.

Because Earth Day falls on a Saturday this year, elementary and high school students will clean up their schoolyards and surrounding areas on Friday, April 21.

Community Cleanup Days are Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23.

Residents are able to register to clean up a local municipal park by contacting mona.boyd@barrie.ca. Participants are provided with special litter collection bags.

Daniela Gray, the coordinator of last year’s Spring into Clean event, explains “They will be leaving the bags for us to pick up, and we do the collection,” says Gray. “We also weigh it to get an idea of how much we’ve collected this year.”

Corporate Cleanup Days are from April 21 to April 23. On these days, registered businesses tidy up parks, trails, and ravines near their work location.

Other Ways To Help Keep Barrie Clean

Residents can also help keep Barrie clean all year round. Some easy ways to do this include:

  • Keep trash in a garbage bag in your car to stop it from falling out or blowing away
  • Ensuring you securely dispose of garbage in the correct containers when visiting public spaces
  • Bringing waste home with you when you go out for a day trip
  • Use reusable cups, straws, cutlery, shopping bags, etc
  • Use an ashtray to put out cigarettes

INTERESTING FACT: Cigarette butts surpass plastics as the single most littered item with 2 billion pounds tossed each year.

Gray says it doesn’t take much to make a big difference.

“I think the takeaway would be that everybody should get involved in keeping Barrie beautiful. Coming out and participating and helping is the perfect way to do that, while also raising levels of environmental awareness and social responsibility.”