Pickering gets 15 grand for education and environmental clean-ups

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Published August 19, 2021 at 8:05 pm

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Pickering has received $15,000 from the Ontario government’s Great Lakes Local Action Fund (GLLAF) to help clean up the city.

The fund will support Pickering’s Litter & Plastics Challenge: Every Piece Counts, a campaign delivered in partnership with local community group, PickWaste.

“We have been cleaning up the City of Pickering for the past four years and are beyond excited to be partnering with the City to further this initiative,” PickWaste said in a statement.

The environmental awareness campaign launched April 1 and will run until the fall. The initiative is targeted at reducing litter and single-use plastics pollution through education and encouraging the public to get involved by registering for community litter cleanups.

With support from the GLLAF, Pickering will:

  • Produce two educational videos about the impacts of litter and plastics in waterways and the community
  • Host a webinar to educate the public on the environmental, societal, and economic impacts of litter
  • Promote community participation and aim to work with 50+ diverse groups on cleanups throughout the City of Pickering
  • Provide participants with supplies to safely conduct cleanups

“This funding will support our ongoing sustainability efforts, and hopefully inspire our residents to do what they can to reduce litter and protect our community,” said Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan, a sentiment echoed by Environment Minister David Piccini.

“Pickering’s great work to educate and inspire community action to reduce, prevent and divert waste from our waterways and shorelines will help keep our Great Lakes clean for future generations.”

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