London’s Clean and Green initiative back for 23rd year

London's annual Clean and Green Cleanup Day will take place April 21.
London's annual Clean and Green Cleanup Day will take place April 21. Megan Turcato / Global News

Break out the garbage bags and disposable gloves — London’s Clean and Green initiative is back for another year.

Officials kicked off the 23rd edition of the program at Goodwill Industries on Horton Street on Tuesday.

“We do all this because we want to spruce up London,” said Jay Stanford, director of environment, fleet and solid waste for the city of London.

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As part of the initiative, the business community will be taking part in a “20 Minute London Makeover” on April 20, with the larger annual Clean and Green Cleanup Day to take place on April 21.

In the days leading up to the event, Stanford said there will be events aimed at promoting litter prevention.

While there are no rules to the cleanups, Stanford is asking everyone to simply get involved.

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“Every little bit helps. What better way to [connect with] your neighbours or meet your neighbours if someone is new in the community then to get out, do a little cleanup, do a little barbecue and just enjoy the neighbourhood,” said Stanford.

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Since it launched as a single-day event in 1996, Stanford says the event has grown substantially.

“It grew from a small group of maybe 30 business people in downtown London to now, where we see cleanups happen on a regular basis heading into our two big days,” he said.

“We hear about small and large neighbourhood events happening all across this entire city.”

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– With files from Jaclyn Carbone and Matthew Trevithick