April 25, 2007
Media Release

York Region to hold annual Litter Roundup Event for students

More than 6,500 Grade Five students from 100 schools pitching in to help environment
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York will be holding its 4th Annual Litter Roundup Event for over 6,500 Grade 5 students attending public and Catholic elementary schools across York Region this Thursday, April 26th. 
Approximately 100 schools will be participating in the event this year to help the environment and celebrate Earth Week, representing a 28-per cent increase in school participation from 2006. 
The Litter Roundup Event will help educate future generations on the effects of littering and what individuals can do to prevent the creation of litter.  Event sponsor Tim Hortons will be providing a package of seeds to all participants as well as an educational game to all participating classes.
WHEN:   Thursday, April 26th at 10:45 a.m.
    Rain Date: Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
WHERE:   St. Anne School
105 Don Head Village Boulevard, Town of Richmond Hill  
  Media Contact:  Barbara White (905) 883-0311
WHAT:   Students picking up litter on and around school property 
WHO:   52 students and teachers from St. Anne School
 Approximately 786 bags of litter were collected during the event in 2006.
 York Regional Council is dedicated to increasing waste diversion and last fall committed to diverting 65 per cent of waste from landfill by 2010.
 In partnership with our nine local municipalities, York Region has created the Joint Waste Diversion Strategy - a report outlining how the Region will increase its current diversion rate over the years to come.
 Solid Waste Management is the Regional branch responsible for planning, financing and delivering environmentally-sound solid waste diversion and disposal that ensures public health and safety.  This includes food waste and Blue Box processing, management of public drop-offs and transportation and disposal of municipally-collected waste. 
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Media Contact: Tracy Smith, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, Ext. 1209 or Cell: (905) 251-6412
 Email: Tracy.Smith@york.ca

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