In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto participated in the City of Toronto’s annual “Clean Toronto Together Campaign” on April 16. The purpose of the annual campaign is to help keep the environment clean and green, as tens of thousands of Toronto residents, community groups, and businesses participate in the spring cleanup. During this campaign, the U.S. Consulate employees encountered plenty of litter and removed it from the streets in the vicinity of the consulate. In particular, the staff located a large number of cigarette buds. The non-degradable litter was then recycled in order to prevent environmental degradation.
This year, approximately 480 schools, 150 businesses, and 290 community groups partook in the event, making it the most successful campaign as of yet. The City of Toronto supplied over 300 cleaning equipment. Along with an inter-divisional litter cleanup from the streets of the city, the “Clean Toronto Together Campaign” also worked to remove graffiti vandalism and haul away dead trees.