Eco Volunteers pick up almost 2 tonnes of trash
Centennial College's Environmental Student Society (ESS) hosted its 16th Annual Spring Clean-up and Rehabilitation Day on Saturday, April 26, which attracted some 250 eco-minded volunteers who got down to the business of cleaning up the Highland Creek watershed adjacent to Progress Campus. By the end of the day, our selfless greenies collected almost 2 tonnes of trash that was hauled away by the City of Toronto!
Centennial students, graduates, faculty, staff and administrators and their family members and friends, along with some local community groups including the Boy Scouts braved the chilly temperatures to descend into the ravine and pick up trash and recyclable materials such as pop bottles, fast-food containers, cardboard and more. The plastics, paper and glass added up to 600 kg net, while the assorted other trash added up to 1,160 kg net.
The anticipated rain held off and our volunteers were rewarded with a free barbecue lunch and some great draw prizes. The Centennial College Student Association Inc. opened up its Student Centre as a marshalling area and CCSAI volunteers helped with the work, too. A great day was had by all! Local MPP Mitzie Hunter came by to present the Centennial College volunteers with a special certificate for their community-oriented work.
The Environmental Student Society's annual Spring Clean-up and Rehabilitation Day was part of a wider initiative to tidy up green spaces in the City of Toronto after a long and bitter winter. The day also closed out Earth Week activities around the city and the province. A big Thank-you to all the volunteers who helped out!