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on 22 March 2018
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We extend a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated in last year's Community Clean Up event. That's more than 14,300 of you!

Now let's make this year's event even BIGGER AND BETTER!

  • Community Litter Clean Up : April 16 - 28th, 2018
    *We've extended the clean up to include a second week!

  • Green Up Tree Planting event : Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

You can REGISTER to participate in the Community Clean Up farther down at the bottom of this page, but please review all the information on this page first.

(Note: Clean Up event registration closes at noon on Thursday, April 26th, 2018)


 2018 Community clean up green up

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This popular dual-component event hosted 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 and green up Burlington. What a great and meaningful way to celebrate our beautiful city!

To date, more than 77,000 participants have joined the collective clean up effort resulting in cleaner parks, streams, schoolyards and neighbourhoods. Hundreds more have helped to improve local biodiversity, by removing invasive plants from local natural areas and by planting thousands of native plants, shrubs and trees.

We invite YOU to gather your family, friends, group members and coworkers to participate in these IMPACTFUL eco-action events!

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.

WOW! Thanks to the Burlington Mall, participating schools sending in their clean-up group photo will be entered into a free draw for a chance to win one of two cash prizes of $250 to be put toward an eco-action project at their school!  There will be $250 available to win for photo submissions from Burlington elementary schools and a second $250 cash prize available for photo submissions from Burlington high schools.

THERE'S MORE! The Burlington Mall has also very kindly provided an eco-gift basket valued at $250 available to be won by a lucky Clean Up or Green Up participant that has completed our survey:


About the Clean Up

Schools and Businesses are invited to participate during the weeks of April 16 – 27th, and EVERYONE is encouraged to participate on April 21st.

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! 
ATTENTION: Please note that instead of hosting an Eco-Fair/BBQ this year, we will be hosting a GREEN UP Tree Planting event in partnership with the City of Burlington! The tree planting event will take place at Tuck Park on April 21st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn more and register to participate further below.

Showcase your Business:
we want LOTS of Burlington companies to get involved! Register your business, receive free clean-up supplies (if you need some), plus have your business website posted on this page (Check out who is already signed up to participate in the "Who is Participating?" section below . Send in your group Clean Up photo after the event and we'll include in our 2018 Wall of Fame slideshow.

Family tree planting


We are pleased to be joining the City of Burlington to host a tree planting event at Tuck Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018, following the morning Clean Up event! This is a great opportunity for you to help grow our urban tree canopy – we encourage you to get involved.

Complimentary refreshments courtesy of Nature's Emporium, will be available while quantities last

Terrific Eco-prizes and gift cards courtesy of the Burlington Mall will be available to win via a free prize draw too!

Be sure to dress for the weather as the event will take place rain or shine. 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 you can. Note: ONLY in the event of severe weather conditions (such as thunderstorm with lightning), will the event be rescheduled.  A notification for this would then be posted on this page on April 21st.


 More Details

More information on the Clean Up & Green Up events is provided in the sections below for you to review before registering at the bottom of the page.

How to Participate:

Just follow these steps...

1.Organize 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.)

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.

4. Register your group, school or business (at bottom of page).

Pick up your FREE clean-up supplies (bags, gloves) if you need them, from one of the supply depots listed below (April 10 - 26th; must reserve during registration).  We recommend you encourage your group members to bring their own reusable gloves to cut down on waste produced with disposable single-use gloves. 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.

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). 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. 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.

7. Clean up your chosen location during the weeks of Monday, April 16th to Saturday, April 28th. Be sure to review any relevant safety tips with your group prior to starting your clean up. Community groups typically do their clean up work on Saturday, April 21st from 9am - noon. (Schools and business do their clean up events during the weeks, from April 16 – 27th.)   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, so we can gather the information for event impact statistics.

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.

Green Up with us during the afternoon ( 1:00 - 4:00 pm) on Saturday, April 21st at Tuck Park to help plant 500 trees!

free clean up supplies:

Supply depot locations (MEC, City Hall, Burlington Mall info kiosk, Nature's Emporium)

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 10 – 26th. Please note, you may only pick up from a supply depot AFTER you have completed your online registration on our website ( further below).

  • 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

  • Nature's Emporium: 
    2180 Itabashi Way.   Telephone: 289-427-5075  (MAP)

    Store Hours:

       Monday to Friday: 8:30a.m.–9:30p.m.
       Saturday & Sunday: 8:30a.m.–7:30p.m.


  • Burlington Mall - information kiosk: 
    777 Guelph Line   Telephone: 905-632-4777 (MAP) 

    Customer Service Hours:
    Monday to Friday: 10am–9pm
    Saturdays: 9:30am–6pm
    Sundays: 11am–6pm

Litter hotspots:

Here are some suggestions...

  • Fields, wooded areas, or creeks near to plazas or commerical/industrial areas are often litter hotspots.
  • Check any park in the City to see if a clean-up is needed.
  • If you are a general group, we suggest not choosing a schoolyard or an adjoining park to clean up, as those should be reserved for the school itself.

who is participating?

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 weekly).

Open Groups: If you are an individual who wants to participate in the Clean Up but you don't have a group to join, check out the Friends of Sheldon Creek Facebook page to discover opportunities to help them out.

Ward 1

  • Team Lamoureux - green space near the corner of Walkers Line and Millcroft Park Drive
  • Mapehurst Public School - School grounds, Maplehurst park, Plains road and surrounding neighbourhoods between King Rd and Shadeland
  • Burlington Liberals - Intersection of Maple & Fairview SW Side
  • Glenview Public School - Glenview Public School and St. Matthew's Church
  • Ali Mac's pals - Lasalle Park
  • "Two of Us" - Northshore Blvd- near Lasalle Park
  • King's Road Public School - King's Road P.S. grounds and the Francis Road bikeway
  • Maplehurst Public School - school grounds, Maplehurst park, Plains Road & surrounding neighbourhood
  • Friends of Kerncliff Park - Kerncliff park - clean up to take place on
  • TravelChicks - Burlington Beach( north end including playground near the beach hut)
  • Clean Up Rangers - Hidden Valley Park & Trail
  • Aldershot School - school grounds
  • Janssens - Kerns Road Lookout Area
  • SuperDave & the Mighty Planet Savers - Burlington Bay shoreline north of CCIW
  • Holy Rosary School - School grounds and Aldershot Park
  • Trash Monkey Garbage - Hidden Valley Park and Trail
  • Garden Trail Team - Grindstone creek trail, Unsworth avenue in park area

Ward 2

  • Yellow Robot - Spencer Smith Park near hotel
  • Team Green Tree - Bike path and creek between Smith and Martha
  • Ryerson Public School - school, grounds and bike path
  • Lakeshore Public School - school grounds
  • Saturday morning runners - Bike Path - Prospect to Guelph Line
  • Burlington Fire Department - 7 Fire Station crews doing clean ups throughout city on Friday morning, April 20th
  • Team Worobec - Emerald Crescent bridge/creek area (Caroline/Emerald Crescent)
  • Blyth Academy - Pearl and James Streets
  • St. John School - school grounds and neighbourhood
  • Tom Thomson School - Optimist Park, creek, school grounds
  • Burlington Central School - school grounds and Wellington Park and creek
  • Nature Lovers - The beachway near Lakeshore Rd and Maple
  • Green Team - Bike path - Prospect St to Woodward Ave
  • Ecofriends by the Hydro Corridor - Hydro Corridor between Ontario Street and Richmond Road
  • Tom Keith & Katie Bolt - Ryerson Park & Bike Path
  • Kendra Moore - Brant & Fairview. Between Second Cup & Walmart
  • Team Redwood - Central Arena and Park near library

Ward 3

  • Rolling Meadows Public School - School grounds, adjacent Church and adjoining Hydro property
  • Eva M. -Duncaster Park
  • Boyd-Medcalfs - Brant Hills parks
  • Burlington PC Riding Association - Next to the fence on the NW corner of Guelph Line/Upper Middle
  • Clarksdale Public School - school grounds and neighbouring park/hydro right of way
  • Brant Hills Public School - School grounds, and grant hills community centre field
  • MM Robinson Secondary School - school grounds and HDSB building grounds
  • Paul A Fisher School - school grounds and surrounding park area
  • Moreau - Duncaster Park
  • Team Driftwood  - Driftwood Park
  • Burlington Missionary Baptist Church - Mountainside Park
  • Bruce T. Lindley School - school grounds
  • SuperDave & the Mighty Planet Savers - Burlington Bay shoreline north of CCIW
  • One Burlington Festival - Guelph line and 407
  • Shift Motors Inc - Boyd-Medcalfs - Brant Hills parks

Ward 4

  • Dr Charles Best Public School - School grounds and Sycamore Park
  • Cogeco (The 2018 Clean Up Gold & Media Sponsor!) - Shoreacres Creek
  • Burlington Mall ( a 2018 Clean Up event Sponsor & Supply Depot) - fence line on Fairview just east of Guelph Line
  • St Paul School  - school yard and surrounding parkland
  • ABB Inc. - Tuck Creek area to the east of our building on 3450 Harvester Road
  • UPS Suppy Change Solution- Cleaning along the creek (Shoreacres Creek)
  • Ardent Mills - Along the Centennial Bikeway Path (Appleby Line to Longmoor Dr)
  • Burlington Progressive Conservatives - Southeast corner of the Guelph Line/QEW interchange
  • Lester. B. Pearson High School - School Grounds and Tucks creek beside the school grounds
  • Raising Kids Naturally - Goodram and Spruce Avenue areas - park, ravine, area.
  • Lily Hudson group- Tansley Woods community centre area
  • Peter Sangster Group - Country Club & Greenway Terrace
  • Glad Tidings Church - hydro fields behind food basics on guelph line-hydro field beside the post office on guelph line-beside highway on ramp on guelph line (adults/older students)-hydro field north of upper middle
  • John T. Tuck School - school grounds, Tuck Park
  • St. Raphael Elementary School - school grounds
  • The Mackenzie Family - the Assumption and St Paul fields and playgrounds
  • unnamed - Food Basics lot north side of Fairview Street
  • The Picker - Uppers - Roly Bird Park ( Industrial Street)
  • Field & Stream Rescue Team - Shoreacres Creek ( North Service Rd to Heritage Rd- closest to 1170 Heritage Rd)
  • Gary Allan HS - Burlington Alternative Program - General Brock Park and creek area
  • Tecumseh PS - School grounds of Tecumseh PS and Tecumseh Park
  • NBBC Youth Group - Landsdown Park
  • Team Starview - Tuck park and open spaces near Gary Allen High school
  • Family Fun Clean Up - Longmoor park and local neighbourhood
  • Westside Chiropractic - Tuck Park Ravine
  • Robert Bateman BEAT club - school grounds and surrounding area

Ward 5

  • Zeton Inc.  - Creek area between the Appleby GO and Zeton Inc. Fairview st. and Oval Ct
  • Walker Emulsions Ltd. -  Sherwood Forest Park
  • Burlington Sustainable Development Committee - Along the Centennial Bikeway Path south of 661 Appleby Line (Dairy Queen)
  • Mohawk Gardens Public School - school grounds and Mohawk Park
  • Orchard Green Team - 12 Mile Trail
  • Dell/EMC Technologies - Lampman Park
  • Orchard Community - Cold water and Blue Spruce ravine
  • Burlington Conservative Association - Appleby Line & Harvester Tim Horton's to QEW
  • The Galivan Family & Pineland community - Appleby Creek from New Street down to Spuce including the Pineland Park Bryant and Pineland Public School. The team's goal is to clean the wooded area around the creek from New Street down to Spuce.
  • 1st Burlington Girl Guides - Nelson Park - Neighbourhood Park
  • Burlington Girl Guides - Sherwood Forest
  • Halton Waldorf School - Halton Waldorf School grounds; green space east of school and trail north of school; trails east of school to drainage 'duck' pond; green space to the west of the school along Orchard Rd and into Brada park; along Orchard road; walking trail from Orchard to Upper Middle Road and around drainage pond
  • Orchard Park Public School - Pathfinder Park & Prescott Parkette
  • St. Christopher School - school grounds and adjacent park and baseball diamond
  • St. Elizabeth Seton School - school grounds
  • 63rd Burlington Sparks - St. Elizabeth Church and Skyway Arena
  • Alton Village East - parts of Sheldon Creek ( between Ferguson Drive & Sharp Road), as well as the recreational pathway on the south east side of Alton Village, plus the pond area and Valera Rd where it meets Verdi.
  • Bentall Kennedy ( Canada) - around business grounds and hydro corridors. Harvester Road east of Guelph Line.
  • Corpus Christi School - School grounds, neighbouring creek and sidewalks
  • The Flower Pots -Back parking lot of Appleby Ice Center
  • Oak Grove Place - Orchard Woodlot
  • Friends of Appleby Creek - Pinedale Road on the North Side of the Creek, north along the creek
  • East Enders - Burloak Drive from Spruce Ave to Fothergill Blvd. Down Fothergill to Fothergill Park. Some of the creek on either side of New St.

Ward 6

  • Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School - Hayden property, Norton Park, from Tim Dobbie Drive to Rotary along Dundas
  • Seniors of 4400 Millcroft - Millcroft Park Dr and Dundas
  • Alton Village Residents - Ravine area btw the backyards of Steeplechase Dr and Settlement Court as well as behind homes on Rotary Way backing onto ravine & all along boulevards on Rotary Way, Thomas Alton and Walkers Line between Dundas & Palladium Way (East side of street)
  • Rebecca Scott group - Upper Middle Underpass between Appleby and Country Club (beside Metro grocery store)
  • Charles R. Beaudoin PS - Charles R. Beaudoin PS school grounds, Taywood Park, Millcroft Park, Millcroft Park Rd. area
  • Headon Forest Animal Hospital - Walkers Line and Constable Henshaw Blvd
  • Alton Village Public School - school grounds and Palladium Park
  • Florence Meares School - school grounds
  • Friends of Ireland Park - Ireland Park creek banks by the playground
  • Redleaf Cultural Integration - Alton Village - trail south of Cornerstone Drive between Sharp Road & Hopkin Drive
  • John William Boich PS - school grounds and surrounding neighbourhood
  • Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School - Notre Dame school grounds and Ireland Park
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus - school grounds


REGISTER for the Clean Up event. The Green Up registration is now closed. 

If you have carefully reviewed all of the event details provided above including the participation waiver, you can now REGISTER your group, school or business to participate in the Community Clean Up by clicking on the appropriate button below. Note: When registering you will be asked to let us know your group size, clean up location and its Ward number.

Event presented by BurlingtonGreen and the City of Burlington...

Thank You to the ontario trillium foundation and Our event Sponsors:

Gold Level

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Media Sponsors

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 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. Please also email us if you would like to make changes to an existing registration.