Provincial funding supports City’s new environmental campaign


Pickering, ON, August 10, 2021 – The City of Pickering has received $15,000 from the Province of Ontario’s Great Lakes Local Action Fund (GLLAF).

The GLLAF will support Pickering’s Litter & Plastics Challenge: Every Piece Counts, a campaign delivered in partnership with local community group, PickWaste.

This multi-faceted environmental awareness campaign launched on April 1 and will run until the fall. The initiative is targeted at reducing litter and single-use plastics pollution through education and encouraging the public to get involved by registering for community litter cleanups. These efforts will help keep the City’s shorelines clean and debris out of local waterways.

With support from the GLLAF, the City will:

  • Produce two educational videos about the impacts of litter and plastics in waterways and the community
  • Host a webinar to educate the public on the environmental, societal, and economic impacts of litter
  • Promote community participation and aim to work with 50+ diverse groups on cleanups throughout the City of Pickering
  • Provide participants with supplies to safely conduct cleanups 

“The City of Pickering is pleased to receive $15,000 from the Province of Ontario’s Great Lakes Local Action Fund,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “This funding will support our ongoing sustainability efforts, and hopefully inspire our residents to do what they can to reduce litter and protect our community.”

“We have been cleaning up the City of Pickering for the past four years and are beyond excited to be partnering with the City to further this initiative,” said PickWaste founders.

“Through our government’s new Great Lakes Local Action Fund, we are partnering with organizations and municipalities like the City of Pickering to fund local community projects that protect and restore our Great Lakes,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “Pickering’s great work to educate and inspire community action to reduce, prevent and divert waste from our waterways and shorelines will help keep our Great Lakes clean for future generations.”

Participating in available grant programs, such as the GLLAF, helps strengthen ties with senior levels of government, and enables the City to enhance its service provision.

Questions about the City’s Litter and Plastics Challenge: Every Piece Counts can be directed to Kristy Gagen, Coordinator, Environmental Engagement at 905.420.4660 ext. 2043 or

Visit to learn more, or to register for a cleanup.


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:

Nicole Hann
Public Affairs & Communications Associate l Office of the CAO
905.420.4660 ext. 2028

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