See the difference 20 minutes can make

Mark your calendars for Vaughan’s annual community cleanup

Will you participate in the 20-Minute Makeover this year? Don’t forget to leave a comment in the comment section below.

It’s time for a good ol’ spring cleaning

With the arrival of spring (finally!), perhaps you have a spring cleaning agenda in mind for your home or yard. Your windows may need washing and the gutters may need cleaning and you may need to prep your outdoor patio for those delicious summer barbecues (mmmm!).

But what about a spring cleaning for the community? The snow has long-since melted, but what’s left behind should have everyone thinking about pitching in to clean up all the litter to help keep waste off the streets.

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and students from Herbert H. Carnegie school at the 2014 20-Minute Makeover event. Photo: City of Vaughan

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and students from Herbert H. Carnegie school at the 2014 20-Minute Makeover event. Photo: City of Vaughan

Twenty minutes can make a difference

Cue the garbage bags and rubber gloves — the aptly timed City of Vaughan annual 20-Minute Makeover is on April 17 and Vaughan schools, businesses and residents are invited to participate. The community-wide cleanup is a great way to get outdoors, be active and celebrate Earth Day (on April 22), giving our community the makeover it needs.

The task is simple. All you need is 20 minutes to go out in a community space or schoolyard of your choice and pick up litter that has accumulated over the winter months. Build a team and the City will even provide garbage bags and gloves.

Herbert H. Carnegie school staff and students at 20-Minute Makeover event. Photo: City of Vaughan

Herbert H. Carnegie school staff and students at the 2014 20-Minute Makeover event. Photo: City of Vaughan

Eleven years of community beautification in Vaughan

This is the 11th year that Vaughan will participate in the 20-Minute Makeover. The event has become quite the community tradition, with more than 17,000 people taking part in the cleanup last year. The initiative raises awareness of litter and promotes community stewardship.

The 20-Minute Makeover is also a component of Pitch-In Canada’s two-week long campaign from April 19 to May 2 in support of activities that encourage preservation and sustainable growth of Canada’s natural ecosystems and communities. Pitch-In Canada is a national non-profit organization founded in 1967 by volunteers concerned with the impact of disposed packaging on land and marine environments.

Our Vaughan, Keep it Clean

If you have 20 minutes to spare to help beautify our community in the spirit of Earth Day, please register your school, business or team by contacting environment@vaughan.ca.

Learn more about how Vaughan is keeping our communities green and clean by watching our YouTube video Our Vaughan, Keep it Clean. The video has important information about mailbox litter and how you can put an end to unwanted junk mail.

Kailyn Smith, MES
Sustainability Co-ordinator
City of Vaughan

Will you participate in the 20-Minute Makeover this year? Leave a comment below and share with us where and with whom you’ll be collecting litter.

 

 

Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at vaughan.ca.

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