Waste-Free Wednesday Cleanups in Mississauga

Published on August 04, 2021

Do your part to keep our community litter free by joining a local cleanup

MISSISSAUGA – The Ontario government is encouraging safe cleanups in Mississauga to help keep our province clean, healthy and beautiful. On Waste-Free Wednesdays throughout the summer, the Province is encouraging people to get outside and clean up litter in their local communities, while following public health measures and restrictions.

“It's estimated that almost 10,000 tonnes of plastic debris enter lakes and rivers each year,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “Some of this will break down into micro-plastics, which can hurt or even kill wildlife and damage ecosystems. But together, we can act to prevent, reduce, and divert much of this waste.”

Building on the success of the Day of Action on Litter, the event is a weekly reminder of the importance of keeping our greenspaces and waterways clean and litter free, and the role we all play in maintaining a cleaner, healthier Ontario now and for future generations.

“The average Ontarian generates one tonne of waste every year – much of this making its way to our waterways and greenspaces, harming wildlife and impacting human health,” said Andrea Khanjin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “What does end up in our landfills contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why it’s so important we all do our part to reduce waste and help keep our province clean, healthy and beautiful.”

There are actions you can take to reduce waste and keep recyclables, food and organics out of our landfills right at home, including:

  • Using reusable storage containers instead of single-use food wraps.
  • Donating gently used clothes, toys and household items instead of throwing them away.
  • Planning meals in advance and only buying what you need.
  • Knowing what items are accepted in your local green bin and blue box.
  • Making sure garbage bags are properly tied or sealed so litter is contained.

If participating in a cleanup, remember to follow health and safety guidelines, including measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as physical distancing and wearing a mask when in a group of people who are not in your household. For information and resources to help you organize a safe cleanup, use our litter cleanup guide.

Share pictures of your Waste-Free Wednesday Cleanups and other actions using the #WasteFreeWednesday and #actONLitter hashtags.

 

Quick Facts

  • Every 1,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill generates seven full time jobs in Ontario.
  • Almost every plastic item manufactured since the 1950s is still in our environment.
  • About $31 billion worth of food is wasted annually in Canada and Ontario households generate an estimated 1.4 million tonnes of food and organic waste per year.
  • 95 per cent of clothing sent to landfills could have been donated or recycled.
  • Making a can from recycled aluminum uses 95 per cent less energy.

 

Additional Resources

 

Contact

Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
Mississauga-Lakeshore
(905) 274-8228