There’s Way Too Much Garbage Along the Lakeshore

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There’s Way Too Much Garbage Along the Lakeshore

Clean up after yourselves, people.

Last Sunday, about 30 volunteers spent the day picking up garbage along the lakeshore, from Budapest Park to Humber Bridge.

They cleaned up:

  • 3,490 cigarette butts
  • 413 bottle caps
  • 70 empty packs of cigarette packs
  • 65 metal cans
  • 15 syringes
  • 200 plastic bottles

Ew.

The volunteers, who are saints, also filled nine large garbage bags.

May these people receive all the good karma in the world. Come on, litterers! This is gross and unacceptable. Throw out your trash—it’s simple. Your cigarette butts, too. The proper place for them is not on the grass or the sidewalk.

Madara Mejoule organized the clean-up. In an interview with Metro last month, she said she noticed how cluttered the area with trash was when she was walking around with her three-year-old son.

It was so filthy that she was concerned about letting him play in the sand.

Scenes from the clean-up. Photo courtesy of Madara Mejoule.

Scenes from the clean-up. Photo courtesy of Madara Mejoule.

The City of Toronto hosts a big spring clean-up weekend every year. But outside of that, everyone should just use the bins provided all over the city. It’s very simple. They even have a receptacle for cigarette butts. No excuses, people.

Mejoule told Metro some people have said they believe it’s the city’s job to do clean-up, not theirs.

“That’s like saying your mom has to keep cleaning your room. You need to grow up and do it yourself,” she said.

Finished your granola bar or bottle of water? Walk over to the trash and recycling bins and toss it in. The environment thanks you.

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