Be like Bill, help clean up litter from Brampton parks and public spaces


Published July 20, 2021 at 3:11 pm


About three years ago, longtime Brampton resident Bill Godfrey decided he’d had enough with the litter and set about cleaning up a local ravine.

The ravine had been gathering junk for decades, but Godfrey got the work done. Then he expanded his efforts to other nearby areas in need of care.

It wasn’t long after that he founded People Against Littering (PAL), a grassroots organization the brings together local volunteers to gather garbage in local parks and public spaces.

“Our goal is to unite the community into a powerful force to take back control of our parks and streets from litter bugs and litter thugs,” said Godfrey.

“The feeling is almost addictive. It is also a thrill to see others smiling and enjoying areas that we have cleaned up and to be appreciated by them.”

It’s people like Godfrey who helped inspire the City of Brampton’s Parks Cleanup program, which is in full swing until Nov. 1.

Local residents can lead a cleanup by selecting a local park, registering the cleanup and allowing five days delivery of supplies like bags and gloves.

After that, it’s time to get outside and complete the cleanup. Teams are asked to send photos of their efforts to [email protected] and tag @CityBrampton on social media.

For full details and to register, visit the city website.

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