Litter Action initiative planned for July 14, 2024

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Peterborough, ON – Following the success of the City’s first Great Community Litter Clean-up events held this spring, which launched the Peterborough Litter Action initiative, a Community Cigarette Butt and Litter Clean-Up planned by local group Clean Up Peterborough, will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2024, with the City providing supplies and waste collection.

This event is planned in conjunction with Unsmoke Canada Cleanups, a program that supports litter cleanup projects and helps raise awareness on littering in Canada, with an emphasis on cigarette butt waste. According to Unsmoke Canada, cigarette butts are among the most frequently littered items in the world, taking decades to decompose and leaching toxins into soil and water. They are also harmful if ingested by wildlife.

Clean Up Peterborough, a local group, is planning its first initiative of the summer on Sunday, July 14, 2024. Residents are invited to participate in the Community Cigarette Butt and Litter Clean-Up between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., meeting at the Del Crary Park municipal parking lot, 100 George St. N. A table will be set up near the parking lot for participants to get supplies and drop off garbage.

The clean-up will target locations in Del Crary Park and the Marina, Millennium Park, and the shoreline of Little Lake. City of Peterborough’s Recreation and Parks Services Division will provide disposable latex gloves and garbage bags for volunteers. To ensure sufficient supplies and to record participation numbers, residents are asked to sign up by emailing

Additional community clean-up initiatives are being planned later this season. Anyone interested in getting involved or with questions can email for more information.