Spring has finally arrived, and I know we are all looking forward to the wonderful sunshine! The beginning of spring also means that Earth Month, Earth Week, and Earth Day are here! The month of April is Earth Month, April 21-27 is Earth Week, and April 22nd is Earth Day. There are many ways that you can get involved to protect and conserve our environment. If you and your friends and family are looking for some great green events across the City in which you can participate, be sure to check out these great local environmental events:
Clothing and Electronic Waste CollectionThe City of Mississauga, Partners in Project Green, the Region of Peel, and Diabetes Canada are organizing a collection drive, from April 15 – 27, in support of Earth Days. Residents can drop off unwanted electronics and used clothing, at no charge, to the Civic Centre, Central Library or any of the City’s community centres. The following items will be collected:
- Clothing-based items and textiles, including: clothing, hats, bags, belts, ties, footwear, bedding, pillows, linens, curtains, sleeping bags and yarn. All clothing items will be donated to Diabetes Canada.
- Electronic waste, including: laptops, desktop computers, monitors, keyboards/mice, cell phones, electronic accessories, audio and video equipment, network equipment, video game consoles, wires, scanners, cable receivers, portable digital music players, televisions, batteries, fax machines, medical devices, printers, tonner and ink cartridges. Please note that CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will not be accepted. All electronic items will be collected and recycled by Ontario Electronic Stewardship.
Thanks to community support for these collection events, over 12 tonnes of materials were collected and diverted from landfills in 2017-2018!
One Million Trees Planting
On Saturday, April 27th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. join the City of Mississauga, Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and Conservation Halton at the annual One Million Trees Earth Day celebration. This year, native trees and shrubs will be planted, along with other hands-on environmental activities at four Mississauga parks. This year’s tree planting events include:
- Brickyard Park – Ward 7, hosted by City of Mississauga
- Willowvale Fields – Ward 6, hosted by Credit Valley Conservation
- Stonewood Park – Ward 10, hosted by Conservation Halton
- Fleetwood Park – Ward 3, hosted by Toronto and Region Conservation
Trees planted will support the City’s One Million Trees Mississauga campaign, a 20-year program to encourage residents, schools, community groups and businesses to join the City’s tree planting efforts on both public and private lands in Mississauga. Since the program launch six years ago, over 300,000 trees and shrubs have been planted with the help of volunteers and partners. For more information and to register for a tree planting, visit https://www.onemilliontrees.ca/.
Other Earth Week EventsBe sure to check out these other great Earth Week events in our community with your friends and family:
|Earth Day Family Storytime (All ages)Monday, April 1510:30 – 11 a.m.Frank McKechnie Library||Earth Day LEGO™ Club (Ages 5-12)Thursday, April 209:30 a.m.Central Library|
|Craft – After School Club (Ages 6-9) |
Monday, April 154 – 5 p.m.Erin Meadows Library
|Earth Day Storytime and Craft (All ages)Monday, April 222 – 3 p.m.Courtneypark Library|
|Earth Day Craft (Ages 9-12, $2)Thursday, April 202:30 – 3:30 p.m.Churchill Meadows Library||Recycled Magazine Butterflies (All ages)Monday, April 222 – 3 p.m.Meadowvale Library|
If you would like more information about Earth Day, Earth Week, and Earth Month, please visit www.earthday.ca. For more information about the City’s 2019 Earth Week events, please visit www.mississauga.ca/earthdays. To find out more about the City of Mississauga’s green initiatives, please visit www.mississauga.ca/livinggreen.