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We extend a
HUGE THANK YOU
to everyone who participated in last year's litter Clean Up event.
Let's make this year's event even
BIGGER AND BETTER!
Litter Clean Up & Eco-Fair Celebration: Saturday, April 22, 2017
(Schools & businesses are welcome to participate April 17 – 21)
You can REGISTER farther down, but please review all the information on this page first.
(Note: Clean Up event registration closes at noon on Friday, April 21, 2017.)
This citywide event hosted annually by BurlingtonGreen, in partnership with the City of Burlington, provides an important (and fun!) opportunity for citizens, schools, businesses, neighbourhoods and community groups to come together to clean up Burlington and help the planet locally. What a great and meaningful way to celebrate Earth Day 2017!
To date, more than 63,000 participants have joined the collective clean up effort resulting in cleaner parks, streams, schoolyards and neighbourhoods. Over 11,000 people volunteered in 2016, in 88 groups, to clean up about 145 locations in our city.
On the occasion of Canada's and Ontario's 150th birthday (and BurlingtonGreen's 10th), we have set a 2017 goal of 15,000 participants. We need all the groups out that we can get, and especially more schools and businesses, to clean up as much of Burlington as possible.
About the Clean Up
Schools and Businesses are invited to participate during the week of April 17 – 21, and EVERYONE is encouraged to participate on April 22 from 9:00 am – noon.
All groups are invited to snap a group photo on event day and send it to us so we can post it to our Green Wall of Fame webpage – we want to show off your team efforts! (View last year's slideshow at the link above.)
You can download our poster here to help us promote this great event. A legal-sized poster with a blank section for you to record your own clean-up event details is also available here.
Showcase your Business: we want LOTS of Burlington companies to get involved! Register your business, receive free clean-up supplies if needed, plus give your company website address on the registration page and we'll list it and link on this webpage below. Send in your group Clean Up photo after the event and we'll include in our 2017 Wall of Fame slideshow.
NEW this year! We are teaming up with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, to track the litter you will be collecting from Burlington’s shoreline and communities. Data cards will be provided. More details to come.
About the Eco-Fair Celebration
BurlingtonGreen will once again be hosting a fun-filled Eco-fair Celebration in partnership with Burlington Public Library at Burlington Central Library and bandshell area, on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm.
BBQ: After a morning of hard work cleaning up our communities, what better way to complete the day than by joining in an Earth Day celebration to meet new friends and enjoy a delicious BBQ courtesy of Turtle Jack's (while supplies last). (Note: Complimentary BBQ tickets will be available for registrants and can be picked up at the Eco-Fair at the BBQ area on April 22nd. The general public attending the Eco-Fair Celebration can purchase veggie and non-veggie burgers, and drinks with proceeds to support the valuable work of BurlingtonGreen.)
Eco-exhibitors, kids' activities & raffle: Rain or shine, there will be fun activities for kids and a wide variety of eco-related information tables hosted by local organizations. Kids will also have the opportunity to make a FREE pledge button recognizing their efforts to clean up Burlington ($1 donations are appreciated). There will also be free eco-prize raffle items to give away, too! Plus, a special furry friend will be stopping by...the WWF Panda! (photo credit: © Peter Nguyen / WWF-Canada)
Live music: Local musical talent Bianca Bernardi will be sharing her beautiful music with us once again at the event, plus we are excited to welcome a new band this year – Whiskey Mountain & the Moonshiners – an up and coming cover band in the west GTA area playing all the classics from Michael Jackson to Sublime and Johnny Cash to Britney Spears.
(Bonus Event: the Earth Day celebrations don't stop there...we'll also be offering a special eco-film presentation of Time to Choose, April 22 at 7 pm at a different location. You can learn more and RSVP on our Eco-film page when you're finished with this page.)
Check out our growing list of exhibitors that you can meet at the Eco-Fair Celebration at Burlington Central Library on April 22nd.
...more to come
""What about the Green Up?" you ask...
Those that have registered in past years may recall that we have also included a spring tree planting event around the time of Clean Up, to make it the "Clean Up Green Up" event. In past years this has involved doing plantings at Beachway Park in late April or May with our eager volunteers. We are trying something a bit different for 2017.
This year the City of Burlington has asked BurlingtonGreen and our volunteers to help with 6 of their community tree planting events going on across the city in late April through early June. These are great opportunities for you to help grow our urban tree canopy – we encourage you to get involved!
Registration is not required for these planting events. Just pick an event with a date and location that suits you and show up, ready to plant! BurlingtonGreen aims to be present at several of the events, assisting and hosting our information table.
|April 22||Ward 5||Sherwood Forest Park (5270 Fairview St., Burlington), 10:30 am, meet at main parking lot off of Fairview St. (map)|
|April 29||Ward 1||Kerns Park (1801 Kerns Rd., Burlington), 10:30 am, meet at park entrance off of Kerns Rd. (Note: this is the park on the lower part of Kerns Rd., not the one by the escarpment – see map.)|
|May 6||Ward 4||Paletta Lakefront Park (4280 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington), 9 am. (map)|
|May 13||Ward 6||Ireland Park (2315 Headon Forest Dr., Burlington), 10:30 am, meet at south parking lot off of Headon Forest Dr. (map)|
|May 27||Ward 2||Thorpe Park (1140 Stephenson Dr., Burlington), 10:30 am. (map)|
|June 3||Ward 3||Brant Hills Park (2300 Duncaster Dr., Burlington), 10:30 am, meet at parking lot beside Brant Hills Public School. (map)|
All events will last 2 - 3 hours. There is no registration for these tree planting events. Just show up, ready to plant (rain or shine). All are welcome. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots – no sandals or flip-flops please! (Sturdy soles help when digging with a shovel.) The City kindly asks that volunteers bring their own shovels, if they can.
Together, we make a BIG difference!
More information on the Clean Up & Eco-Fair Celebration is provided in the sections below for you to review before registering at the bottom of the page.
Are you excited to get involved? It’s easy to do. Just follow these steps:
...and take pride in knowing you did your part to help create a cleaner, more beautiful Burlington!
Your group can pick up free clean-up supplies (bags and gloves) and our helpful "Clean-up Tips" handout sheet at one of our designated community supply depots from April 11 – 21. Please note, you may only pick up from a supply depot AFTER you have completed your online registration on our website.
Looking for a location that your group can clean up? Below are some suggestions:
You can also check the map below to look for areas not already registered. If you are a general group, we suggest not choosing a schoolyard to clean up, as those should be reserved for the school itself. If by April 13th that school hasn't registered, feel free to register to clean it up for them on April 22nd.
You can view a listing below of groups that have already registered, as well as their chosen clean-up locations, arranged by City Ward number (updated daily), or you can see it in map view at the link below.
Please note: Spencer Smith Park, Beachway Park & beach, Central Park, and Kerncliff Park are popular locations and already have enough people registered for the 2017 Clean Up. If you could kindly choose a different area, that would be great, to help clean up as much of the city as possible.
View it by Ward # below
(Note: Beachway Park & the beach is reserved already, and is part of Ward 1)
||Eco-fair Hospitality Sponsor
| Eco-fair Musical Entertainment
Bianca Bernardi Whiskey Mountain & The Moonshiners
|More Event Sponsors & Supporters
Long & McQuade
REGISTER for the Clean Up event
If you have carefully reviewed all of the event details including the participation waiver, you can now REGISTER your group, school or business!
If you have any inquiries not addressed in the information above OR on the community group, school or business registration pages, please email us with your inquiry.