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Broken glass littered the Thunderbird at Kam River Park.
Broken glass littered the Thunderbird at Kam River Park.

Don’t Be Trashy Seeks a Cleaner Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY – LIVING – “Litter is a major problem that cripples our City,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “Litter ranks among the top concerns for our citizens and is a priority for City Council. The City of Thunder Bay has made a commitment to Clean, Green & Beautiful, but everyone needs to do their part. Litter is not a corporate problem, it’s a community problem. The City is not out there littering our streets, parks and waterways, people are and these behaviours need to stop – we know better.”

To kick-off Civic Pride Month, the City introduced the ‘Don’t Be Trashy’ campaign today to encourage people to take pride in Thunder Bay and not trash our environment.

Neighbourhood clean up helps to make communities like the Limbrick Neighbourhood a better place to live.
Neighbourhood clean up helps to make communities like the Limbrick Neighbourhood a better place to live.

“Litter is ugly and costs the City to pick up,” said Councillor Rebecca Johnson, Chair – Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee. “It’s a deterrent to tourism and being a welcoming city, and it’s not acceptable that we continue to litter yards, streets and our community.”

Don’t Be Trashy asks people to commit to Clean, Green & Beautiful and share the ways they take pride in their City and environment by posting images and stories through social media using #NotTrashyTBay.

There are many areas of the city where groups of concerned residents could help make a difference with some cleaning up efforts.
There are many areas of the city where groups of concerned residents could help make a difference with some cleaning up efforts.

“Billboards, videos, radio, print, online and transit advertising along with branded window clings and reusable shopping bags will be showing up across the City to reinforce this messaging starting this week to celebrate Civic Pride Month.

The COTB has set aside $20,000 for the campaign.

“With melting snow and the transition of seasons, Thunder Bay’s unsightly litter problem is more noticeable than ever,” said Shannon Costigan, Vice Chair – Clean, Green & Beautiful and Program Specialist at EcoSuperior. “This May brings the 20th Anniversary of the Spring Up to Clean Up program. We encourage individuals and organizations to get involved to help freshen up the face of the community.”

Forty seven bags of trash were cleaned up around the Thunder Bay Police Service Balmoral Street Headquarters
Forty seven bags of trash were cleaned up around the Thunder Bay Police Service Balmoral Street Headquarters in 2013.

SHIFT, Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network joined the City to demonstrate support for a need for greater Civic Pride in Thunder Bay and announced a line-up of civic pride-focused activities the organization is spearheading including a Civic Pride Community Survey, Neighbourhood Cleanup event, and SHIFT’s #Tbaylovin Social Media Campaign.

“Thunder Bay has experienced an impressive resurgence over the past five years including revitalizing downtown cores, entrepreneurial spirit and new cultural, recreational and entertainment options for residents and visitors alike,” said SHIFT President Peter Marchl. “SHIFTers believe that some of the perceptions of Thunder Bay have not kept pace with the reality of the growth the community is experiencing. Throughout the month of April, SHIFT is calling on all residents to rediscover why you love the city and celebrate all of the iconic spaces, places and people.”

The Don’t Be Trashy campaign is an initiative of the Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee and was developed by an anti-litter working group that includes the City’s Corporate Strategic Initiatives Infrastructure & Operations Departments and EcoSuperior. For more information on the Don’t Be Trashy campaign and ways to show your civic pride, go to DontBeTrashy.ca.