The vision of the Clean City Committee is a litter-free City of St. Catharines.
The mission of the committee is to work towards the elimination of litter in the City of St. Catharines through:
The goals of the Clean City Committee are:
| Coun. Bruce Williamson|
Coun. Greg Washuta
Robert Riediger, Transportation & Environmental Services Staff Advisor
| Elaine Manocha, Co-Chair and Educational Co-ordinator|
Cheryl Crawley, Co-Chair
|Holly Washuta, Pitch In Week Co-Chair and Educational Co-odinator|
|Tisha Polocko, Website Co-ordinator|
Meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Lake Street Service Centre, 383 Lake St.
Anyone is welcome to attend a meeting. Please contact the committee in advance by calling 905.688-5601, ext. 1630 to ensure a meeting has not been moved or cancelled.
The DON'T FLICK IT! Campaign is designed to bring awareness to those that 'flick' their cigarette butts, that they are in fact littering. This is no different than throwing a candy wrapper or piece of gum - cigarette butts are not biodegradable and are polluting our environment. The Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up reports that cigarette butts and filters are the number one litter items polluting our shorelines and waterways. In 2012 over 400,000 cigarette butts were collected as part of the annual Shoreline Clean-up.
The key messages of the campaign are:
If you must smoke, please dispose of your cigarette butts responsibly, DON'T FLICK IT!
The Clean City Committee operates a phone-in Litter Alert hotline. Reports can be made about specific areas that require attention because of garbage or litter. Messages left will be retrieved by a Clean City Committee member, who will then contact the reporting person within a week, visit the location indicated, and, wherever possible, initiate a volunteer cleanup. The individual who reports the location will be encouraged to participate in any cleanup efforts.
You can e-mail a Litter Alert or call the hotline at 905.688.5601, ext. 1630.
Action will only be initiated if the necessary contact information has been provided as requested in each of these reporting systems.
The Clean City Committee has introduced this initiative to raise public awareness with the hope of eliminating litter before it even hits the ground.
When signing this pledge, an individual acknowledges his/her obligation to respect the right of others to enjoy a litter-free environment. This initiative focuses on items that are frequently dropped on sidewalks or thrown from cars, such as cigarettes. It promotes the proper use of waste receptacles and encourages individuals to hang on to their litter until it can be disposed of properly.