New charter will help Brampton reach goal of becoming first litter-free city in Canada

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Published September 21, 2023 at 12:35 pm

Brampton is making moves towards its goal of being Canada’s first litter-free city and is paving the way with a new charter.

The city held its first Litter Reduction Forum on Tuesday (Sept. 19) to raise awareness and gain feedback from stakeholders on enhancing litter prevention strategies in Brampton.

The roundtable comes after council passed a motion in June with a pledge to work with local partners like People Against Littering (PAL) in an effort to make Brampton the first litter-free city in Canada.

Representatives from PAL gave a keynote presentation at the forum, and the city says input from the community will help draft a collective charter for Brampton “outlining necessary actions” to make Brampton one of the cleanest, most beautiful cities in the world.

“The City of Brampton is embarking on a goal to become Canada’s first litter-free city, and initiatives like this bring Brampton one step closer to achieving that goal,” the city said in a release.

PAL has run more than 150 community clean-ups and picked up literal tons of trash in Brampton since 2020.

Founder Bill Godfrey told council in June that the group has found all manner of ancient garbage on their clean-ups, like a copy of the 1988 yellow pages, a licence plate from 1965, and thousands of glass shards from Brampton’s old greenhouses.

One area PAL’s hit list is Etobicoke Creek, with Godfrey saying some areas have never seen a clean-up and collected all manner of refuse.

For details on how you can get involved with PAL community clean-ups visit www.peopleagainstlittering.ca or head to www.brampton.ca for more information on the city’s Grow Green Environmental Master Plan.

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