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Community Clean Up Green Up 2020

BurlingtonGreen hosts a city-wide Clean Up event, plus a Green Up (tree planting) event, inviting all sectors of the community to get involved in cleaning and greening our beautiful city.


Our Clean Up Green Up opportunity has now wrapped up and we thank everyone who participated in cleaning up and greening up Burlington!

We will kick off another impactful year of ECO-ACTION in 2021 starting on April 22 (Earth Day).

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Read further to learn about  Clean Up Green Up 2020.

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2020 marked BurlingtonGreen's 10th anniversary of the Clean Up Green Up! 

This years Clean Up Green Up looked a bit different this year due to COVID-19, though many of you forged ahead and helped to keep Burlington clean and green, even through these difficult times. We asked local residents to plan their own self-guided clean ups with their social bubble, and to carry out their own green up activities at home, like planting trees & pollinator gardens, removing invasive plant species and learning about local biodiversity. This self-guided approach allowed us to extend the dates of the community clean up and green up opportunities all the way to the end of November!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated during this challenging year!

  • 17 groups and a total of 95 residents helped to clean up the local community!
  • 6 groups and a total of 56 residents completed their own green up activities at home including planting trees & pollinator gardens, removing invasive plant species and learning about local biodiversity!
  • 80 native plant seed packets were distributed to local community members encouraging local biodiversity, which included black-eyed susans, wild bergamot, blue vervain and beardtongue

Congratulations to Morris & Arlene (Clean Up) and Justin (Green Up), the participants whose names were drawn to win a $50 gift card to the Burlington Centre.

We are excited to share that our Clean Up Green Up 2021 will launch on April 22nd, Earth Day!
Please visit our Clean Up Green Up 2021 page to find out more information about this exciting eco-action opportunity!



Clean Up 2020:

COVID-19 has changed a lot of things this year, including how we are Cleaning Up Burlington in 2020. We understand the earth can’t wait. Litter has been accumulating in ditches, hydro corridors, along beaches and waterfronts, and posing serious risks to nature. We can still practice responsible social distancing while caring for the planet.

How It Works:

Determine a location in Burlington that your family, friends, small community group or classroom would like to clean up.

Let us know about your clean up by filling out the Clean Up Form and you can look forward to receiving the following benefits:

  • CUGU1Your group will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 giftcard courtesy of the Burlington Centre! (where you can buy eco-friendly products, food, etc.). Draw will take place November 30, 2020.

  • You have the opportunity to receive FREE clean up supplies for your group. Litter collection bags and gloves are available for pick-up by request and while quantities last.

  • We would love to receive a photo of you and your group 'in action' with the litter you collected. Send it along to us and we'll be sure to post it on our Green Wall of Fame webpage for all to see!

Review our handy tip sheet for proper waste collection and safety information HERE.

Ensure a safe Clean Up by following the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety guidelines.20190413 110744

Safely clean up your selected area in the community, count the number of full bags of litter you collected and take a group photo with your collected litter.

Bring ALL collected waste home with you and dispose of it through your residential curbside collection. (Please do not leave collected waste at any parks, trails, businesses or green spaces, as city waste collection is not available at these locations.)

Send an email to us with your attached group photo, and the total number of bags of litter you collected. We also invite you to let us know the location of any larger waste items or litter "hot spots" you spotted during your clean up so we can flag it for further attention.

   Clean Up, Stay Safe, & Have Fun! 

Green Up 2020:

Although we are not able to bring the community together to plant trees this year, there are many activities YOU can do to help grow Burlington's tree canopy and to improve local biodiversity.

Please ensure you and your participating group members follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety guidelines when you carry out your activities and be sure to complete the Green Up Form further below.

Green Up activity suggestions include: 

Plant a native shrub, tree or pollinator perennial on your property. CUGU2020 6
You can find out more about native trees and which ones are best for Burlington using the Tree Atlas.
Consult the Tree Planting Guide to set your new tree up for success.
have a limited supply of FREE native plant seeds you can request by filling out the Green Up Form.

Remove invasive plant species from your property.
Discover why invasive species are such a problem in Halton here. Find out how you can tackle invasive species at home here.
Review the Grow-Me-Instead Guide for gardening with native species instead of invasives.
Learn how to remove the invasive plant garlic mustard with our useful video tutorial.

TLC - Tree Loving Care. Maintaining and caring for your trees is important for their overall health and longevity. 
Consult the Tree Planting Guide for useful tips of caring for your trees.
Check out these tips for winter tree care and summer tree care tips

Learn about the importance of trees, pollinators, native species and biodiversity and send along a message about why protecting and restoring local nature matters to you. This is also a great topic for teachers to bring into the classroom!

Here are a few helpful resources to help you get started:


By completing this Green Up form, you can look forward to the following benefits;

  • By sharing your Green up activity, your family, friends, community group or classroom will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 giftcard courtesy of the Burlington Centre! The draw will take place November 30, 2020.
  • You can receive FREE native plant seeds available for pick-up while quantities last. Let us know what you would like when you complete the Green Up form.
  • We would love to receive a photo of you and your group members making your home and community greener! Send it along to and we'll be sure to post it on our Green Wall of Fame webpage for all to see!

Green Up, Stay Safe, & Have Fun!


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 Questions or Comments?

Please feel free to email us with any questions regarding Clean Up Green Up. 

Thank you for getting involved to help keep Burlington a clean, green, and environmentally-responsible home for everyone!