Over 1,300 volunteers made clean and green a breeze!

200 volunteers gather at a picnic shelter at Riverside Park to eat lunch.

3,000 kilograms of garbage picked up  from parks and trails

Guelph, Ont., May 1, 2018 – The 15th annual Clean and Green community clean up broke the record for the number of volunteers who came out to help green Guelph, despite challenging weather.

“We couldn’t be more grateful for the number of people who turned out,” says Dave Beaton, supervisor of trails and natural areas stewardship with the City of Guelph. “We got iced out the previous weekend and we were worried the cold would keep people away, but our volunteers are a dedicated bunch.Thanks to them, our community is  greener and cleaner.”

Over 1,300 volunteers participated, cleaning 57 parks and 61 trails and roadways, collecting a total of 3,000 kilograms of garbage.  A barbecue at Riverside Park was held  to thank the volunteers and and community sponsors.

The event was originally scheduled for April 21 on Earth Day, however, an ice storm resulted in postponement of the event.  Special thanks to the many volunteers who were unable to make the new date and still went out on their own to clean up.

About Clean and Green

Every year, Guelph residents come together to participate in Clean and Green, a volunteer, community clean up initiative. Thousands of kilograms of garbage are removed from roads, trails, parks and neighbourhoods to beautify our city and protect our drinking water and wildlife.

Media Contact

Dave Beaton, Supervisor, Trails and Natural Areas Stewardship
Parks Operations and Forestry, Parks and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2761
dave.beaton@guelph.ca