Gear up with bags and gloves - it's 20-Minute Makeover time in Toronto



    TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - Special litter bags and gloves for the fourth
annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover are now available at participating
Toronto/GTA Pizza Pizza, Tim Hortons and McDonald's retail outlets, as well as
at Toronto's Recreation Community Centres. Get equipped and join in the
city-wide 20-minute clean-up taking place on Friday, April 20 at 2 p.m.
    "Civic pride is at the heart of our commitment to keeping Toronto clean
and beautiful. It is up to all of us," said Mayor David Miller. "At last
year's Makeover, more than 120,000 people spent 20 minutes cleaning up litter,
each individual showing how much they care about Toronto."
    The 20-Minute Makeover also happens across the GTA, with Oakville,
Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Pickering and Ajax
participating. In 2006, Toronto, along with these GTA communities, attracted
more than 185,000 registered participants.
    The seven organizations returning as sponsors for the 2007 Makeover
include TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, The Home Depot, Tim Hortons,
Toronto Star, Pizza Pizza, The Toronto Sun and McDonald's.
    The Friday Makeover is followed on Saturday, April 21 by Mayor David
Miller's annual Community Clean-up Day, an opportunity to clean up a park or
other public space in local neighbourhoods.
    Organizations and large groups must register for either event by calling
Access Toronto at 416-338-0338. Registration allows City staff to arrange
special same-day litter pick-up. (Individuals can place their bagged litter
with their regular household garbage, although the six-item limit still
applies.) The City encourages participants to sort recyclables into their
proper containers. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/litter.
    The City's annual three-week operational spring clean-up, which began
April 2, continues to tackle litter clean-up daily in four different areas of
the city. Maps and clean-up schedules are available online at
www.toronto.ca/garbage/annual_clean-up.htm.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Geoff Rathbone, Acting General
Manager Solid Waste Management Services Division, (416) 392-4715; Stuart
Green, Office of the Mayor, (416) 338-7119


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