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City of Brampton hosts first-ever Litter Reduction Forum


BRAMPTON, ON (September 20, 2023) – Yesterday, the City of Brampton hosted its first Litter Reduction Forum to raise awareness and gain valuable feedback from stakeholders on building and enhancing litter prevention strategies in Brampton. The City of Brampton is committed to building healthier, more resilient, and more environmentally sustainable communities.  

In June, Brampton City Council passed a motion for staff to work with community groups and stakeholders to review processes and coordination efforts to identify gaps in maintaining a clean city. This forum highlighted many ways the City can enhance existing programs as well as new ideas that can be implemented and lead by critical stakeholders. 

The City of Brampton is embarking on a goal to become Canada’s first litter-free city, and initiatives like this bring Brampton one step closer to achieving that goal. A collective charter outlining necessary actions will be developed with the input received yesterday. 

The City thanks all of the residents and organizations who participated in yesterday’s discussion. It also thanks People Against Littering, a local community movement with a mission to unite, inspire and embolden citizens, who provided an informative keynote presentation to attendees on the role everyone can play in protecting the environment and keeping the city clean. 

For more information on Brampton’s Grow Green program, visit https://www.brampton.ca/EN/residents/GrowGreen/Pages/Welcome.aspx

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“Going litter-free in Brampton is a long-term goal we have as a City and initiatives like the Litter Reduction Forum help us get closer to that goal. Bringing everyone together to discuss ways we can reduce litter in our community and strategies we can implement are a critical part of this plan. I want to thank everyone who participated and look forward to seeing some of the incredible ideas be implemented in our community.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“I was honoured to be a part of the forum. The City’s Grow Green Program and finding ways to make Brampton a healthier, more sustainable community is something I am extremely passionate about. Litter reduction is such an important topic that we need to continue to talk about. Being Canada’s first litter-free city is a goal I am committed to achieving. Events like this move us closer to that goal. Thank you to all of the stakeholders who participated for your contributions to help Brampton continue to be a healthy and safe city.”
- Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Chair, Community Services, City of Brampton 


“Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in Brampton’s first-ever Litter Reduction forum. The discussions were inspiring and gave us clear direction on what we can do to make our community more environmentally sustainable. I look forward to continuing to move this initiative forward and be a part of making Brampton Canada’s first-ever litter-free City!”
- Michael Palleschi, Regional Councillor, Wards 2 & 6; Chair, Planning and Development Committee, City of Brampton

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