Earth Day

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Every spring, Earth Day is a global reminder of how important it is to protect our planet.

Locally, we organize several events in celebration of Earth Day to reinforce the day's purpose and show our community how easy - and fun - going green can be, not just one day - every day.

Earth Hour

Earth Hour kicks off Earth Month, encouraging everyone to turn off their lights for an hour, in an effort to raise awareness and reduce climate change. Join us by reducing or turning off all lights for the hour. Find out more about Earth Hour - and plan to take part next year.

Earth Month events and activities

Spring is the season of new beginnings. For many, this includes new habits and routines that benefit our environment.

Here are a few ways you can make an impact by helping to reduce our global footprint:

Community clean-ups

Community clean-ups bring neighbours, colleagues or classmates together for a common cause - cleaning up our community. They provide an opportunity to see how a small act for a short time can have a great impact. And, when people get involved in cleaning their neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces, they are less likely to litter - and more likely to keep it clean. Choose a date, time and clean-up location that works best for you. 

Please Note: Clean-up kits will no longer be pre-packaged and delivered.

1. Register your clean-up.  

2. Choose a community centre to pick up your supplies. You should bring a bag or box to transport them. 

3. Download and share this Tip Sheet and Sharps Awareness form with your group.

4. After the clean-up, call 519-741-2345 to request that your full bags be picked up. 

Register your community litter clean-up

  • *Materials will be available for pick up after April 1. 
  • ** City Hall is no longer a pick up location. The Downtown Community Centre is right next door. 
  • ***Forest Heights Community Centre is out of supplies effective April 25.

If you would like more information, please contact Josh Shea at 519-741-2200, ext. 4177.

20-minute makeover

On a set date every April, we partner with the City of Waterloo and our local litter reduction task force to encourage people, businesses and organizations to take just 20 minutes together outside and make their nearby environment a little cleaner.

Join organizations throughout Kitchener and Waterloo in the 20 Minute Makeover.   Step outside with your coworkers to clean up litter in and around your place of work! 

This year the 20 Minute Makeover is being held on Friday, April 26, at 2 p.m. However, if this day does not work for you, organizations are free to choose any day and time that works best for them. 

Encourage your team to really -go green- and bring their own gardening or winter gloves, and bags from home.

Please note: -new this year- clean-up kits  will not be pre-packaged for groups to pick up

If you are in need of supplies (gloves and bags):

1. Register your clean-up

2. Choose a location (community centre) to pick up supplies from

3. Pack your kit, (Don't forget to bring a bag or box to pack your supplies in). Materials available April 1. 

* Please note: Kitchener City Hall is not a pick up location this year.

** Please also read, and/or read and print the clean-up safety tip sheet on this webpage.

Register your clean-up

For more information, contact Rebecca Florence at 519-741-2200, ext. 7537. 

School-yard clean-up PLUS

In honour of Earth Month, local schools are encouraged to hold a school-yard clean-up PLUS other Earth Day-related activities for a day in April. For example, some schools host book swaps, while others hold green scavenger hunts and fun quizzes about the environment. Check out Earth Day Canada - Eco Kids for some great activities and ideas.

Schools can register for clean-up supplies (gloves and bags). Since supplies are limited, and to be more environmentally friendly, we encourage schools to consider asking students to bring a gardening glove, or winter glove, and grocery bags from home. (Do not register if you do not need supplies).

If you need supplies, click here to register your school-yard clean-up by Friday, April 5.

Kits will be sent out the week of April 8.

For more information, contact Rebecca Florence at 519-741-2200, ext. 7537. 

Free city-wide events

Earth Day - Tree Planting Activity

Tree Planting Reschedule - May 11, 9am. 

With the cancellation of the event, we have rescheduled the tree planting activity to take place on this date. Join staff from City of Kitchener and Waterloo and help plant trees in Bechtel Park. This is the tree planting only, no other activities are planned. 

For more information, contact Josh Shea at 519-741-2600 ext. 4177.

Earth Day Canada

Earth Day Canada (EDC) is a national environmental communications organization mandated to improve the state of the environment by empowering Canadians to achieve local solutions. Since 1991, EDC has been coordinating Earth Day/Earth Month events, and creating successful community programs and award-winning artistic and media projects.

Make every day Earth Day!

Green is a great colour for you every day - not just on Earth Day!

Here are a few ways you can build more environmentally sustainable habits into your daily routine:

  • Join a local community group at a tree-planting event.
  • Rethink how you view garbage - and what happens after you toss it out.
  • Cut back on your energy use at home, work and on the road.
  • Save four per cent of your heating costs by turning your thermostat down just one degree Celsius. Make a habit of turning it down before going to bed or on vacation.
  • Install a flow-aerated showerhead and reduce the amount of water used by as much as two-thirds.
  • Hike a trail, visit a local park, go exploring at the beach, strap on some snowshoes, paddle down the river, sketch a bird or organize a community picnic.
  • Reduce the amount of time your vehicle idles. Remember, 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off your engine.
  • Choose recycled products, products with less packaging and reusable items whenever possible.
  • Install energy-saving light bulbs and save $35 in energy costs over the lifetime of the bulb.
  • Check your local listings or Earth Day Canada's website to find out what events are planned in your area in celebration of Earth Day.

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