Media Release –

Media Release
The Corporation of the City of Oshawa

March 19, 2018
22nd Annual Community Clean-Up Week


OSHAWA – Now that spring has arrived it’s the perfect opportunity to be outside and active in our community by participating in the 22nd annual Community Clean-Up Week.

The kick-off week takes place during Earth Week, April 21-28, and welcomes groups of all sizes who are interested in volunteering to clean up parks, green spaces, trails and schoolyards. Registered participants will be provided with free bags and gloves, while supplies last, and will receive a Certificate of Appreciation to acknowledge their contribution to the community. Volunteers can learn more and obtain the registration form online at

“I hope we’ve seen the last of the snow this year, but with no snow the winter litter is easily visible and time to clean-up our city,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “Clean-up week is the time to organize your friends and neighbours to assist cleaning up our neighbourhoods. If you want to organize a community clean-up please contact City staff and we will provide garbage bags, gloves and of course pick-up after your clean-up event. We all need to pitch-in.”

Additionally, a collaboration of organizations within downtown Oshawa will be coordinating the 10th annual Communities with Brooms event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The event will bring community volunteers together, as well as representatives from the Downtown Oshawa Board of Management, M.P. Colin Carrie, M.P.P. Jennifer French, Durham Regional Police Service, John Howard Society and the City of Oshawa to spruce up the downtown. Residents can register by emailing
“As community leaders and volunteers, Earth Week is a great opportunity to get outdoors to help clean up our Downtown and community,” said Councillor Sanders, Council Representative on the Downtown Oshawa Board of Management.
Communities with Brooms aims to clean up downtown Oshawa, foster community pride, build partnerships and raise awareness regarding clean and safe communities. Following the event, participants are invited to attend a barbecue lunch sponsored by Oshawa M.P. Colin Carrie.

For more information and for assistance in choosing a community clean-up area or finding a group, contact the City at 905-438-3146 or visit To register for Communities with Brooms, email