Tips and instructions for community clean-ups in Guelph

Safety suggestions

  • Wear appropriate and protective clothing according to the weather (boots, gloves, hat, sunscreen). Wear bright colours for greater visibility (or safety vests).
  • Always use gloves to pick up litter or use a litter picker if you have one.
  • Be careful near roads, rivers and waterways and do not go near railways.
  • Do not take risks attempting to reach litter in hard-to-get-to places.
  • Do not trespass on private property.
  • Watch for and avoid hazards, such as wild animals, insects, and noxious weeds.
  • If you are feeling unwell on the day of your clean-up, reschedule for another date.
  • Always wash your hands after your clean-up!

Garbage pick-up instructions

Please leave bagged garbage in or by the nearest park or trail garbage can. For efficient waste pick-up, after you have completed your clean-up, please also report exactly when and where you have left garbage using our report a problem map tool.

How to report that garbage is ready for pick-up using Report a Problem Map:

You can report a problem in six easy steps from the Report a Problem Map site:

  1. Click Proceed as guest
  2. Select a category (select Parks and Trails)
  3. Click on + Submit a problem
  4. Fill out your details. Under Type of Problem select “Garbage or litter in a park” (please put the date that you left garbage for collection in the Problem Details)
  5. Select a location on the map
  6. Add a photo (if possible) and click Report it

Dealing with dangerous or hazardous waste items

  • Assess whether you feel comfortable moving these items to your designated waste pick-up location. If you feel this can be done safely, please move the items to the nearest parks garbage can and report the problem as outlined above.
  • If you find items that cannot be moved safely because they are too hazardous or difficult to move (i.e., mattresses, construction items, broken glass, metal) please leave them where they are and report it using the report a problem tool above.
  • If you or a team member encounter sharps – do not touch! Sharps waste includes needles or other biomedical waste that can penetrate the skin causing infection or other complications. If no one on your team has received sharps training and can dispose of them safely, please make note of its location, the type of material and quantity and take a photo, then report it to the HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health Centre (ARCH) at 519-994-5419.

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