Litterbug On The Ropes?
Some people think that litter is not such a big deal. I disagree.
Whether you’re a tourist, a resident, a business owner or someone thinking about investing in Toronto, clean streets are one of those subtle things that help prove our city is a great place to live, work or invest.
There's lots of evidence that reducing litter helps an area to be more prosperous and even have lower crime rates.
So, results of the City’s latest litter audit, finding our streets are getting cleaner, is great news for all Torontonians.
It’s also a real tribute to the City staff who pick up 14 tonnes of street waste – 2,800 garbage bags full! – every day. Mayor Miller is right to credit both the City’s increased efforts and the better behaviour of Torontonians for the 40% drop in litter since 2002. I like to think our award-winning “Can The Litter” campaign has had something to do with it as well.
However, it is still costing Toronto taxpayers some 20 million dollars a year to have other people clean up our mess. That nasty species, the Toronto litterbug, may be becoming endangered, but it’s not yet extinct.