A Greener Future works hand-in-hand with local communities to promote environmental preservation through organized litter cleanups, educational programs, and events. Our expanding family of volunteers are committed to creating a clean, healthy environment that can be sustained for generations.
We had so much fun cleaning up in Pickering! We started off at Petticoat Creek Conservation Area. Thank you TRCA for the free park passes! There was quite a bit of litter down by the water but it was hard to get down there, all the paths down were very steep. Mike and Ariel rappelled down the cliff (well more like slid) and picked up as much as they could. There's a few upside down picnic tables down on the shoreline if the City is interested in retrieving them! Next up was Frenchman's Bay. There was a ton of litter here because there was only one garbage can that was over flowing. More cans are definitely needed here. On day two we cleaned up Beachfront Park and Alex Robertson Park. We found more of the foam balls in the sand that we had picked up at a previous cleanup. The park was busy with end of the year class trips and we picked up a bunch of straw packages and food wrappers that the kids left behind. There were a lot of cigarette butts along the boardwalk, especially around any benches. I'm very surprised that smoking is permitted in so many parks, and that there are no cigarette butt receptacles in these areas. We live in Pickering and we've done quite a few cleanups in the area and sadly the litter always seems to come back. This is an issue that needs to be solved before it gets worse!
There's still time to enter our contests! Enter our Tim Card and Mug contest HERE! And our Beach Bag contest HERE! And if you've come out to a cleanup you can receive 5 entries for the Beach Bag Contest PER cleanup you attend!
Total Pieces Collected: 3,549 pieces
1,239 cigarette butts
335 food wrappers
111 metal bottle caps
338 foam pieces
314 plastic pieces
Weird Things Found:
scavenger hunt page, Barbie arm, swim goggles, fake flowers, metal tongs, bubbles, underwear, basketball, a sausage.
We had a great adventure cleaning up at 20 parks in Toronto!
Thank you to everyone who came out to help clean up or spread the word.
Lake Ontario is a little cleaner! Here are the results!
Our awesome coordinator Tanya completed the last three cleanups in Toronto! She started out at Grey Abbey Park where it wasn't too busy and there wasn't a lot of litter. She didn't find anything too crazy, butts by the benches and a dead fledgling on a bench under a tree. Next up was East Point Park, this park was kind of off the beaten path. Access from the second parking lot has trails throughout the bird sanctuary above the bluffs and a trail by the water. Tanya picked up a bit of litter from the parking lot and then went to the water. There were foam pieces galore by the water so that's where she spent most of her time. The last beach cleaned was Rouge Beach. It was quite busy, lots of people having picnics, chilling, and having drinks. Some people thanked Tanya for cleaning up and a couple people actually brought her some litter too. Hopefully the people watching thought twice about leaving garbage behind. This location is one that people seem to fish at quite a bit, there were fishing lines, cigarette butts and bottle caps by the wetland, even a pair of pants in the water!
Tanya, THANK YOU for doing these cleanups! You're the best!
There's still time to enter our contests! Enter our Tim Card and Mug contest HERE! And our Beach Bag contest HERE! And if you've come out to a cleanup you can receive 5 entries for the Beach Bag PER cleanup you attend!
Total Pieces Collected: 1,657 pieces
525 cigarette butts
87 food wrappers
444 foam pieces
87 plastic bottle caps
Weird Things Found:
Nothing too weird. There was a dead baby bird on a bench though.
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