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Spring into Clean

Get involved and keep Barrie beautiful! This annual project occurs during Earth Week and is designed to clean up our community, while raising levels of environmental awareness and social responsibility, through active participation in one of our four "Spring Into Clean" events.

In 2019, this event had 300 corporate participants, 200 community participants, and participation from 40 schools (over 17,000 students). The total weight of waste collected in 2019 was 4.95 tonnes.

The City's 2021 ​Spring into Clean events have been cancelled due to COVID. The City is unable to provide resources for neighbourhood spring litter clean up events at this time, and as per provincial and health unit guidelines, we do not encourage public gatherings. 

We thank residents for offering to help clean up their neighbourhoods. If you are interested, please reach out to your ward councillor for supplies. If you are out picking up litter, please:

  • only do so with your immediate household members.
  • wear a mask.
  • take precautions such as wearing gloves to pick up litter.

If bags of litter are collected that are not part of your local councillor’s efforts, please include them in your weekly curbside garbage allowance. The City is not able to provide a separate pickup of these items during the pandemic.

Put Litter in its Place

​Outside of the annual Spring into Clean event, little actions go along way! Here are a few suggestions to help put litter in its place:

  • ​Always put masks and gloves in a securely tied plastic bag before putting them in the garbage.
  • Keep a litter bag in your car. Trash can easily be taken by the wind and blow out of window or when a car door is opened.
  • As you visit public places in Barrie, make sure that the garbage and recycling you are disposing of is securely placed in the correct container and will not spread to other places.
  • Bring your waste home with you for disposal in the City's curbside collection programs.
  • Reuse it! ​Take along your resusable coffee cups, picnic supplies, straws, cutlery and shopping bags.
  • Stack recycling boxes to prevent items from blowing around your neighbourhood. Newspapers, cans and other light-weight materials can be easily picked up by the wind and scattered.
  • Butt Out! While we continue the battle on plastics, cigarette butts are the single most littered item in the world, surpassing plastics with 2 billion pounds of butts tossed aside annually. Use an ashtray so cigarette butts don't reach waterways or the lake.

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