Join Halton in Earth Day celebrations across the region

On April 22, Halton Region will join over six million Canadians in celebration of the world’s largest environmental event, Earth Day. To help raise awareness, Halton Region and our Local Municipalities have planned a number of events to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Scouts Tree PlantingThis Saturday, April 25, the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) will host its annual Scout Tree Planting Event in partnership with Conservation Halton and the Halton Scouts.  A celebration of both Earth Day and Arbour Day, this event allows local scouts to participate in an environmental project in their community and is also part of the Region’s ongoing tree planting and maintenance program at the HWMS. Since 2000, scouts from across Halton Region have helped make our community greener by planting over 5,000 native trees at the site!

Residents looking for a convenient and accessible way to recycle their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and electronics can go to one of our five Special Waste Drop-off Days.  The first drop-off day is part of the 14th Annual Halton Hills Earth Day Event, this Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Robert C. Austin Operations Centre in Georgetown.  Bring the entire family to drop off your HHW or electronics. The event includes a breakfast and barbeque lunch, fun kids’ activities, tree sales and free compost and wood chips.

By working closely with our Local Municipalities, conservation authorities and community partners, Halton Region is taking important steps to protect and enhance Halton’s natural environment and promote environmental sustainability:

  • Through the recently approved Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018, Regional Council has made, Protecting the Natural Environment, one of Halton’s six strategic priorities areas.
  • Protecting our Natural Heritage System (NHS) from urban development: a system of connected natural areas and open space that includes more than 50 per cent of the land in Halton!
  • Halton Region recently became the first regional municipality in Ontario to adopt a biodiversity strategy. This strategy will protect and increase biological diversity in Regional forests, while preserving and enhancing our NHS for years to come.

EscarpmentThe Earth Day events celebrated throughout the region also remind us that we need to make a long-term commitment to protect our environment for future generations, so that Halton Region remains a great place live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you are looking for a local event to show your commitment to the natural environment, or just want to join in on some fun Earth Day/Earth Week celebrations, here are a few upcoming events happening in our four municipalities:

Burlington

Clean Up Green Up
Saturday, April 25, 2015

  • BurlingtonGreen in partnership with the City of Burlington hosts this city-wide community “clean up green up” event inviting citizens, schools, groups and businesses to take action locally.

Halton Hills

22 Minute Makeover
Tuesday, April 22, 2015

  • Local businesses and schools ask employees and students to help pick up litter for 22 minutes.

Halton Hills Earth Day & Sustainability Fair 2015
Saturday April 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Georgetown Market Place
280 Guelph Street, Georgetown

  • Interactive family Earth Day & Sustainability Fair including Mountsberg Birds of Prey, children’s activities and local organizations showcasing their work.

Milton

Clean and Safe Community
April and May

  • During April and May, the Town of Milton encourages residents, students and employees to participate in community clean-up days or take the initiative to do their own clean-up.

Oakville

24th Annual Earth Week Clean Up
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9 – 11 a.m.
Multiple sites

  • Organized by the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights, volunteers clean up natural sites across the Town of Oakville.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at mailto:gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”