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Clean Toronto Together

In 2018, 363 TDSB schools participated in the Clean Toronto Together Campaign. This year, we want to increase the number of participating schools and encourage them to collect as much waste as possible by going beyond their school yard.

About the event:

On Friday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. students, staff, and parents from across Toronto are encouraged to help rejuvenate our city’s green spaces by picking up litter in their schoolyard, neighbourhood park, or local community. Register your school today and celebrate Earth Day by joining over 500 schools who are helping to keep our City clean and green! You'll be amazed at what we can accomplish in as little as 20 minutes! (Note: Schools may opt to do their clean-up event at any time). Parents are always welcome to participate with the school. Families can also join Toronto’s annual spring cleanup events on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th.

Questions: Contact Jenn.Vetter@tdsb.on.ca

How schools register: Complete the School Clean-Up Day form by April 3rd.
All participating schools will receive a certificate of participation from the City of Toronto.

Resources:

Clean Toronto Together Campaign Status

Learning centre map with registration statistics for Clean Toronto Together event

See the current list of registered school sites by Learning Network

Ward map with registration statistics for Clean Toronto Together event

See the current list of registered school sites by Ward

Earth Month Clothing Drive

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To celebrate the event of Clean Toronto Together, the City is supporting the TDSB and Bag2School partnership on an Earth Month Clothing Drive. Bag2School is the official approved vendor for all textile diversion campaigns at TDSB schools.

Why is textile diversion important?
The City's Long Term Waste Management Strategy puts priority on reducing waste and minimizing the amount sent to landfill, including textiles. The average Toronto household unnecessarily throws out an estimated 13 kilograms (29 pounds) of unwanted clothing and other textiles every year. Your school can help to keep this waste out of landfill by holding a clothing drive.

How your school can help?
Starting in April, TDSB schools are encouraged to hold a clothing drive, with students and teachers collecting and donating unwanted textiles (e.g., clothing, shoes, sheets, towels) at the school. The process to join is simple and outcome is very rewarding.

How will your school benefit?
You'll benefit the environment, raise awareness of waste and textile diversion, and receive $200/ton from Bag2School for the items you collect. You'll also have an opportunity to win a free water refill station for your school (details below).

How to participate in the Earth Month Clothing Drive:

  1. Visit Bag2School and complete the online booking form. Bag2School will contact you to confirm a pick up date and provide free promotional materials.
  2. Promote the drive to your students and families.
  3. Use the clear blue bags in your Clean Toronto Together school cleanup kit for your textile collection.
  4. On your arranged pickup date in April or May, Bag2School will pick up your textile donation.
  5. Bag2School will pay you for the total weight of donated textiles ($200/ton).

Win a water refill station for your school!
Signup and host a clothing drive between April 1st - May 15th, and your school will be entered into a contest to win a free water refill station. Prizes will be awarded to the top four schools that collect the most textiles per student (total weight of textiles collected divided by number of participating students). Installation of the Water Refill Stations will take place during the 2019/20 school year. Questions? Contact Jenn.Vetter@tdsb.on.ca.

For more information about Bag2School please contact Aaron Curran, 416-762-9415, info@bag2schoolfundraising.com.

Track your impact

Abstract image with text: OnePieceADay is a non-profit App that encourages every person on the planet to pick up one piece of trash a day, take a quick picture, then dispose of it responsibly (e.g., city or own garbage or recycling bin etc).

OnePieceADay lets you take a picture of that empty soda can, plastic bottle, bag, Styrofoam package or any other piece of litter you come across. The App logs this piece on a counter. Create a school account to see how many pieces you've have picked up to date, per year etc, as well as global stats for the amount of litter that people have disposed of around the planet. The App tracks individuals, and the global population of users who are helping to pick up rubbish and dispose of it responsibly eliminating garbage around the world.

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To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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