Over 1,200 individuals, groups, neighbourhood associations, organizations and schools participated in the City of Brantford’s Let’s Clean Our City community cleanup in honour of Earth Day.
Residents collected a total of 420 kilograms of litter that was disposed of at the Mohawk Street Landfill between Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.
“On behalf of the Community Litter Pickup Committee, I want to thank everyone who helped clean our beautiful city over the weekend. This initiative has been a priority for city council and provides an opportunity for our community to come together for a great cause,” said Mayor Kevin Davis.
The City provided over 1,000 free cleanup kits to residents who were encouraged to collect litter in their neighbourhood and dispose of it in their regular garbage collection, while larger cleanups could bring their collected litter to one of five disposal areas located throughout the city. A total of 420 kilograms of litter was collected between the five disposal areas and taken to the Mohawk Street Landfill by City of Brantford Operational Services and Parks & Facilities Services staff.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelming response of residents who participated in the cleanup. We would like to sincerely thank the community, volunteers, members of City Council, and City staff who gave of their time this weekend to help us clean our city. This event would not have been a success without the collective efforts of everyone who participated,” said Gagan Batra, Manager of Business Support and Sustainability for the City of Brantford
The cleanup also included a contest whereby participants could submit photos for the chance to randomly be awarded prizes. The winners for each category are:
- Karleigh Csordas and The Moore Family each won a $50.00 gift card to the Brantford Farmers’ Market.
- Holmedale Neighbour Association and East Ward Echo Place Neighbourhood Association each won a $500.00 prize to be spent on an environmental initiative in their neighbourhood.
- Hindsight 20/20 and the Brant County Health Unit each won a $500.00 cash donation to a local charity of their choice.
- Major Ballachey, St. Theresa, Assumption College, Ecole Confederation, and Brier Park School each won countertop composters for their school.
Over 32 individuals, groups, neighbourhood associations, organizations and schools participated in the contest.
The Let’s Clean Our City campaign is a Clean Brantford initiative aimed at keeping the City free of litter. In January 2020, Brantford City Council approved the Clean Brantford initiative to encourage civic minded citizens to take personal responsibility for cleaning up the city.