_ (press release) _ Early birds have been registered for weeks, and now it’s official for everyone: Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital is underway.
Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together families, friends, neighbours and communities to help keep Ottawa clean and green. More than 43,000 volunteers have signed up so far to pick up litter and remove graffiti in Ottawa this spring.
“In 2017 we will host the world for Canada’s 150th birthday, which is why now, more than ever, we encourage residents to come together and do what they can to keep their City clean,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “A terrific place to start is the Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign.” ** ** Last year alone, 82,000 volunteers collected almost 140,000 kilograms of litter from 1,400 locations. That’s enough to fill 100 garbage trucks.
“We depend heavily on the thousands of volunteers who turn to Cleaning the Capital as a fun and fulfilling way to foster community pride,” said Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee. “Whether we spend our days at home, at school or at work, let’s all look around and see how we can clean up our neighbourhoods, and in turn, our city.”
“Tim Hortons is committed to making a positive difference in the community,” said Bill Houldsworth, owner of a local Tim Hortons restaurant. “Through Cleaning the Capital, we support Ottawa residents in cleaning up the areas where we live, work and play.” ** ** ** It’s not too late to join: **
* Go to [ ottawa.ca ](http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/green-living/cleaning-capital-1) , or call 3-1-1 (TTY: [ 613-580-2401 ](tel:613-580-2401) ) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website makes it easier than ever. * Select a location such as a park, roadway, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.
** More reasons to join: **
* Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for prizes. * Families and friends can work together to make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. * Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital is an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.