David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, released the following statement in celebration of Ontario’s Day of Action on Litter:
“Today, on this fourth Provincial Day of Action on Litter, I want to thank everyone who has taken action at home and in their community to help keep our environment clean and healthy.
The Day of Action on Litter is designed to educate and build awareness on the impacts of litter in the environment and to encourage all Ontarians to pick up any litter they encounter in public places, including parks, and around lakes and rivers.
Since the inaugural Day of Action on Litter in May 2020, we have engaged over three million people on social media and monitored community cleanups across Ontario. We’re proud of the work our government has done in partnership with First Nations and municipalities to keep Ontario’s lakes and rivers clean. We know there is more work to be done to further protect and preserve our natural environment, and the annual Day of Action on Litter is a good starting point.
Other actions you can take to help keep our land and water clean:
- Use bins to properly dispose of waste
- Stop waste before it’s created and before it has the chance to become litter
- Swap your plastic water bottle for a reusable one when you’re on the go
- Organize a community cleanup or take a moment to pick up litter when you see it
- Adopt a local greenspace, road, sidewalk, or shoreline to help keep it litter-free
We continue to work on keeping our parks and waterways free of litter and waste. For example, in partnership with Pollution Probe, we invested in the largest initiative of its kind in the world to tackle plastic pollution. We are working to protect what is important.
You are making an active difference when you take action to keep Ontario clean and as a government we stand shoulder to shoulder with you in our efforts to keep our province clean and healthy today and for future generations.”
Download the Litter Cleanup Guide and learn more about the impacts of litter and waste on the environment and how to prevent, reduce and divert waste at home.
Participate in the Day of Action on Litter by sharing your actions using #actONlitter.