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  • Registration Now Open for Clean Up 2017!
  • 6 Tree Planting Opportunities This Spring
  • World Water Day, March 22
  • BG Eco-Film & AGM, March 22: Sea of Life
  • Supporter Recognition: Great Lakes Guardian CF
  • Eco-Hero: Beverly Kingdon (swans)
  • BG Fundraising Campaign 2017
  • Earth Hour, March 25
  • BG Youth Network update
  • Eco-Score 2017 – great prizes to be won!
  • Environmental News Update
  • Events Calendar


Category: News


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We extend a
to everyone who participated in last year's litter Clean Up event.

Let's make this year's event even

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.)


 2017 Clean Up & Eco-Fair Celebration

kilbride ps cu2016 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

bentall kennedy cu2016Schools 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.
yellow robot cu2016Showcase 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.
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BQ:  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:wwf panda  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.)

List of Eco-Fair Celebration Exhibitors

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...

Family tree plantingThose 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.

Tree planting dates & locations

 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 Details On The Clean UP

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.


How to Participate

Are you excited to get involved? It’s easy to do. Just follow these steps:

  1. hkcc cu2016Organize a group (friends, neighbourhood, school, business, church group etc.) and choose an area in Burlington that you think could use a litter clean-up (park, schoolyard, around your business or church, or a field or greenspace area). For safety, please avoid working near roadways or within parking lots. (Note: if you are an individual who wants to participate and doesn't have a group to join, please click here.)

    Also, if you will require the City to pick up your collected garbage, please make note of where you will gather it, as this information will be required during registration. (Note: the City will only collect garbage cleaned up from City property. Your pile must be located within 3m of a road or parking lot for easy access by City crews. The City will NOT pick up collected waste from school or business properties. These collections must be directed to their own waste pick-ups.)

  2. Review the event details and tips (on this page and our tips sheet HERE) and review the event "Informed Consent to Participate Waiver" HERE with ALL of your group members.

  3. hanson cu2016Register your group (at bottom of page).

  4. Pick up your FREE clean-up supplies (bags, gloves) if you need them, from one of the supply depots listed below (April 11 - 21; must reserve during registration).  We recommend encouraging people to bring their own reusable gloves to cut down on waste. Please note that for schools, we only have enough gloves to supply 1/4 of the group size, for one hand only (ie. if your school group size is 400 students, we can supply 100 gloves). We ask that teachers encourage students to bring their own reusable gloves from home, to help reduce waste.

  5. Communicate event day details to your group members (eg. meeting time and place, what to bring such as a reusable water bottle, snack, hat, sunscreen, and suitable footwear). Please help to make this event green by discouraging the use of bottled water. Suggest tap water and supply a refill jug for people's reusable bottles.
  6. Clean up your chosen location on the morning of Saturday, April 22nd. Be sure to review any relevant safety tips with your group prior to starting your clean up. Groups typically work from 9am - noon. (Schools and business may do their clean up during the week, from April 17 – 21.)   When finished, be sure to take a photo of your group next to the garbage you collected ("before" photos of your clean-up area are also a good idea). Please also count the number of bags of garbage and recyclables collected, plus other debris such as tires, for event statistics.

  7. notre dame cu2016Attend the thank you Eco-Fair Celebration at Burlington Central Library and Bandshell area on April 22nd. Please RSVP your attendance on the Clean Up registration webpage.

  8. Send in your results. Please send us your clean-up team group photo and the amount of litter and recyclables you collected. All registered groups will receive an email with details on where to send your photo and collection information. Schools sending in their clean-up group photo will be entered into a free draw for a chance to win 1 prize of $200 cash to be put toward an eco-action project at their school!  Last year's winner: Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School – congratulations!

 ...and take pride in knowing you did your part to help create a cleaner, more beautiful Burlington!


Supply Depot Locations

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.

Supply depot locations (MEC, City Hall, Haber Recreation Centre)

  • MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op):  1030 Brant Street, at customer service counter.  Telephone: 905-333-8559.  (map)
    Store Hours:
       Monday to Wednesday: 10 am – 7 pm
       Thursday & Friday: 10 am – 9 pm
       Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
       Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

  • City Hall:  426 Brant Street, at Service Burlington counter on ground floor.  Telephone: 905-335-7600 ext. 7898 or 905-335-7803 direct.  (map)
    Customer Service Hours:
       Monday to Friday: 9 am – 4 pm  (Note: please arrive by 3:45 pm, as service hours end at 4 pm.)
       Closed weekends & holidays

  • Haber Recreation Centre:  At service counter, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive (off Dundas St. between Walkers & Appleby).  Telephone: 905-335-7748.  (map)
    Customer Service Hours:
       Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
       Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
       Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm
       Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm


Suggested Litter Hotspots

Looking for a location that your group can clean up? Below are some suggestions:

"Litter hotspots"

  • Centennial Bikeway from Guelph Line to Sherwood Forest (groups can select sections to clean up, that haven't been registered yet).
  • Prospect walkway across from Canadian Tire.
  • Fairview & Maple (southeast corner area along fence to overpass)
  • Ontario Street pathway area to Richmond Road
  • Tuck Creek
  • Fields, wooded areas, or creeks near to plazas are often litter hotspots.
  • Check any park in the City to see if a clean-up is needed.

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.


Groups & Locations Registered So Far

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.

Open Groups: If you are an individual who wants to participate in the Clean Up but you don't have a group to join, consider contacting Vince of Friends of Sheldon Creek directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view join his group and help clean up around Sheldon Creek in the east end of the city (please make sure you have read our event tips sheet and waiver first).  Or, help the Field and Stream Rescue Team with a rigorous clean up of debris in the far west end of the city (see description under Ward 1 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 registered Clean Up locations on a map


 View it by Ward # below

Ward 1

  • Field and Stream Rescue Team – Crane Court and Snake Road. (Open Group: Join Field and Stream Rescue Team as they clean up a large dump site in the Grindstone Creek Watershed. Area includes tires, metal debris, shingles, water heaters and an old safe! Come prepared with long pants, drinking water and work boots. See Facebook link above to RSVP.)

  • Burlington Federal Liberals – Maple Park; west of Maple Ave south of Fairview.
  • Glad Tidings Church – Hidden Valley Park
  • Friends of Kerncliff – Kerncliff Park
  • Sutton Group about town realty inc., brokerage – Beachway Park & beach (large group)
  • Stephanie & friends – LaSalle Park waterfront & LaSalle Park

Ward 2

(Note: Beachway Park & the beach is reserved already, and is part of Ward 1)

  • Team Green Tree – Centennial Bikeway path between Martha St. and Smith Ave.
  • Yellow Robot Marketing – Spencer Smith Park
  • Seneca Ave. Families – Centennial Bikeway path between Smith Ave. and Guelph Line
  • Councillor Meed Ward & Family – Burlington Lions Club Park, plus Martha St. bike path/creek
  • Amrita Gurukul – Central Park (large group)

Ward 3

  • Neighbours of Driftwood Park – Driftwood Park (Guelph Line and Driftwood Dr.)
  • Leanne's Clean Up Group – Hydro field between Fisher Ave. and Mountainside Dr.
  • Environmental Hikers – Tree line on hydro right-of-way, on the southwest corner of Guelph Line and Upper Middle Rd.

Ward 4

  • Ginnan Family – Camelot Dr to Shoreacres Rd. on Spruce Ave., Spruce Ave. to Lakeshore Rd. on Shoreacres Rd., and Paletta Lakefront Park.
  • Halton Mosque – Appleby & Fairview area.
  • Glad Tidings Church – Hydro fields and bike path area south of Guelph Line & Upper Middle Rd., + Sycamore Park
  • Lester B. Pearson High School – School grounds and Tuck Creek ravine beside the school.
  • Assumption Catholic Secondary School School grounds and Cumberland Park
  • Adults in Motion (AIM) – Tansley Woods Park area

Ward 5

  • Friends of Appleby Creek N. – Appleby Creek (Pinedale Ave. up to Fairview St.). (Open Group for local residents. Meet at bridge on Pinedale at 9am, April 22. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. or to lead clean-ups of creek farther south toward lake.)
  • Eco Waste Solutions – Sherwood Forest Park area
  • Friends of Sheldon Creek Watershed – Sheldon Creek at Harvester Rd. (Open Group for a clean up on April 15. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.)
  • Orchard Community Volunteers – Pathfinder Dr. in the Orchard - creek area both sides to pond @ Wood Cres.

  • Halton Waldorf School – HWS school grounds; green space around school; Brada park; green space west of HWS along Orchard Rd; drainage pond at end of Duchess St.; forest trail and Parkette at North end of Quinte St.; along Orchard Rd, walking trail between Blue Spruce and Upper Middle Rd including around pond at Upper Middle. (Their school Waste Warriors also sort everything collected into recyclables, compostables, fine paper, and garbage, for disposal in their school bins. Wow! Great participation).

  • Orchard Green Team – Twelve Mile Trail area (the bike/walk path behind houses along Bronte Creek ravine area).
  • Orchard Residents – Orchard ravine behind Coldwater and Brookdale.
  • Burlington Sustainable Development Committee – Multi Use Trail area connecting Appleby Line with Sherwood Forest Park (~0.5 km of trail just east of Appleby Line). The area near the Dairy Queen is particularly littered.

Ward 6

  • Alton Village East – Clean up area includes the creek that passes between Ferguson Dr. and Sharp Rd. in Alton Village, as well as the pond and adjacent public pathway, plus Valera Rd. at the East end of Verdi where the recycling piles up against the fence. (Open group for local residents:  the meeting place will be the bridge over the creek on the recreational pathway that runs on the south east side of Alton Village. [From the pathway you can see the back side of Walmart just to the south]. The closest 'intersection' is the spot where Capri Crescent turns into Sharp Rd. The bridge is on the section of the recreational pathway that runs between Capri Crescent and Ferguson Dr.)

  • Headon Forest Animal Hospital – Around the business (at Walker's & Dundas plaza), plus Shoreacres Creek area behind plaza (between Play It Again Sports and The Orchard Children's Centre).

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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!

Note: When registering you will be asked to let us know your group size, clean up location and its Ward number.

Register your Group      

Register Your School    

Register Your Business


 Questions or Comments?

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.


Category: News
  • Green space poster imageGreen Space: BurlingtonGreen's Advocacy Team submitted a letter to City Council & Staff on the need to include robust green space preservation policies in the City's new Official Plan currently being drafted. The need to preserve and expand green space within Burlington's intended intensification areas must be addressed through innovative planning strategies and policy changes. The Official Plan must serve to help Burlington realize its 25-year Strategic Plan goal of a "Healthy and Greener City", with quick access to parks and green space for all residents. Letter here.
  • Bottled water: Just a reminder that the deadline for public comment on Ontario's proposal for increased fees for water bottlers taking from ground sources is March 20th. (More on EBR site here)
  • Tree / quarry petition: The Tyandaga Environmental Coalition (TEC) has launched an online petition to protect about 40 acres of prime Burlington forest from being clear-cut to expand a nearby by shale quarry in an area between King Rd. and a neighbourhood of Tyandaga (More here)

  • Jefferson Salamander road closure: The City of Burlington and Conservation Halton are once again acting to protect biodiversity by closing King Road from the base of the Niagara Escarpment to Mountain Brow Road from March 9 to 30 to provide the endangered Jefferson salamander safe passage during its annual breeding migration. (City news release here)
  • Transit poster imagePublic transit: Bfast will hold its 3rd annual Transit Users' Forum at Central Library on Saturday, April 1st. "Help shape the future of transit in Burlington."  All are welcome. (More here).  Also, the Government of Ontario just announced increased support for transit in Burlington through enhanced gas tax funding, beginning 2019 (news release here). It is stated that there will be no increase in the tax that people in Ontario pay on gasoline as a result of the enhancement to the program.
  • Community Energy Plan (CEP): Burlington Council and Staff are currently reviewing options for Phase 2 of the CEP, to implement a District Energy System that could possibly heat / cool / power a group of buildings in the city, to realize efficiencies and reduce their carbon footprint. This is part of the City's Strategic Plan to become carbon-neutral by 2040. (Consultant's full technical report here, pp. 124-158)
  • Protect trees poster imageEmerald Ash Borer (EAB): The City has updated its EAB plan for protecting Burlington's trees and dealing with dying ones. The outlook is not good. Despite City efforts to slow the EAB spread in recent years, "Ash tree mortality in Burlington is now rapidly accelerating, due to high levels of EAB infestation, combined with the impact of the severe 2016 drought. 3,296 trees are recommended to be removed in 2017." (Full report from City staff here, pp. 159 -168). This is another reason why we need to work hard to protect the healthy trees we have and continue planting more.  (Trees in Trouble is a good documentary to watch on EAB; it often airs on PBS stations close to Earth Day in April.
  • Flood study award: On Feb. 27th, The Ontario Public Works Association presented a "Project of the Year – Environmental Award" to City staff and Amec Foster Wheeler consultants for the Citywide Flood Vulnerability, Prioritization and Mitigation Study following Burlington's August 4, 2014 flood.

  • Milton CN Logistics Hub:  Read an update on the environmental review process in Inside Halton.
  • Electric Vehicles: Tesla has opened a new store in Oakville (Wyecroft Rd.) for EV sales & service.

  • zero wasteZero Waste: Exciting news in the area of waste reduction and recycling. On March 1st, Ontario released its much anticipated Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular EconomyThis is a fundamental shift in the way we think about waste in Ontario.

    "This piece of legislation will tackle the problem of waste generation by increasing resource recovery and moving toward a circular economy. At the heart of the legislation is the idea that producers should be responsible for the end-of-life management of their products and packaging.

    "The legislation is accompanied by this strategy, which lays out Ontario’s vision for a circular economy and goals of a zero-waste Ontario with zero greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector.

    "In order to fundamentally change the way we think about waste in Ontario, this strategy outlines the formative actions we will take in the coming years that will help us achieve our goals. It recognises the tremendous environmental and economic opportunities that exist in shifting our mindset and embracing a circular economy — a system in which products are never discarded, but reused, recycled and reintroduced into new products." – Government of Ontario website (Read a thorough overview of the Strategy at the link above.)

    Ontario Targets: 30% overall waste diversion from landfill by 2020,  50% diversion by 2030,  80% diversion by 2050. To put that in perspective, Ontario's current overall diversion rate is around 25%, which includes residential and ICI waste (industrial, commericial, institutional). Residential diversion has been decent due to blue bin and green bin programs. ICI needs much improvement. Residential diversion in Halton Region is currently around 60% – good, but we can still do better.