Community Members help keep the East Don Clean!

21 days ago

On Saturday, November 10th, 20 people gathered in the Charles Sauriol Conservation Area for a community trash clean-up along the existing portion of the East Don Trail. The event was co-organized between Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the University of Toronto Trash Team. Despite cool winds, everyone was energetic and enthusiastic to help clear garbage from this stretch along the East Don River.


Each team used data sheets to record counts for each item of trash collected. These were compiled as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Canada's largest contributor to the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. Additionally, the U of T Trash Team lead a brand audit, which involved detailed recording of the type of trash collected and, if identifiable, the brand of the item. Collectively, the group picked up 138 lbs of garbage! The top 10 most common items collected were:

1. Cigarette butts (168)

2. Plastic bags (82)

3. Plastic pieces (60)

4. Plastic bottles (59)

5. Food wrappers (47)

6. Coffee cups (30)

7. Foam pieces (37)

8. Plastic cups (30)

9. Beverage cans (28)

10. Paper (21)


Thanks so much to those that dedicated their time and energy to this community trash clean-up! It was great to be able to contribute to maintaining the health of the Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, to chat with trail users, and to answer questions about the East Don Trail construction project. Thanks to local photographer Ian Darragh for capturing some great photos from the day.