York’s 20-Minute Makeover cleans up for Earth Day

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The snow has gone and with it, any disguise that hid the litter and garbage that’s collected in bushes and green spaces. As part of its annual spring clean up prior to Earth Day, everyone in the University community is challenged to help out for just 20 minutes on April 20 to collect all the litter and make a difference.

The clean up is part of York University’s annual 20-Minute Makeover and the Grounds Department in Campus Services & Business Operations has some big plans to clean up several areas on the Keele and Glendon campuses and make them free of litter.

Last year’s makeover was a big success.

Everyone is invited to come out to designated meeting spots at 2pm on Friday. The focus on this year’s makeover will be these locations on the Keele campus:

  • Sentinel and Pond Road
  • Arboretum
  • Boyer Woodlot
  • Danby Woods
  • Boynton Woods

Glendon community members are asked to meet at 2pm outside Glendon Hall Manor.

For a map indicating the meeting locations, click here. At each location, you can join with co-workers and classmates to help spruce up the University. York staff, faculty and students already do a good job in limiting litter, but an extra push is needed to give some areas of the campus a fresh look.

The Grounds Department will supply work gloves and garbage bags for anyone at the desgnated meeting spots on the Keele and Glendon campuses.

Safety Tips

  • Wear appropriate and protective clothing (boots, gloves etc.).
  • Wear a hat or sunscreen if necessary.
  • Pick up litter in your gloved hand and carry the trash bag in the other.
  • Do not pick up strange articles that may be dangerous. Don’t pick up anything that looks sharp (e.g. used needles).
  • Do not take any risks attempting to reach litter in hard-to-get-to places (up a tree, down a steep incline, in rapidly flowing water, on slippery surfaces etc.)

For more information, visit the Clean Toronto Together website. For more earth-friendly initiatives, visit the Sustainability at York website.