According to some sources, Brampton has always had some concerns with keeping things clean in the city.
The city formed the Brampton Clean City Committee in 2002 (based on my research) and, since then, there have been various initiatives that occur annually at various times throughout the year, such as:
- Parks clean up (April & October).
- Play-Clean Partnership Program.
- Gimme 5 Program (2005).
- Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (2006).
- The Corporate Challenge.
- Green Education Program.
- Adopt-a-Park Program.
These initiatives have been great for the city but need a revival, as in recent years there has not been much traction (save for the parks clean up that occurs twice a year). Running these programs can be difficult and requires the public’s support. Most recently in 2018, the city issued a warning to all residents to ensure they maintain their properties or face possible fines.
Some trash should not be cleaned by residents but by professionals. In February 2018 the Brampton Guardian reported that there were a significant amount of needles and biohazardeous waste by a sidewalk that was used by school children. It would be great if it wasn’t there in the first place, but as it was there, it should be left to the city for safety reasons.
Aside from reviving these programs, I suggest we take a more proactive approach to keeping our city clean by involving as many of our residents as often as we can. One proposal would be to provide disposable gloves and mini garbage bags by certain trash receptacles, which would allow citizens to feel safe to pick up the trash they see floating around every day. After all, every one of us has a little time to spare to volunteer, even if it’s while waiting for the bus to arrive or while going to and fro our daily business. By doing so we can show others how easy it is and perhaps enstill some participation in them. Better yet, we may be able to inspire others to put their trash in the right place.
Another concern would be the new recycling receptacles provided by our city. While they are required for our mordern methods of collecting, they are quite large. As a result residents are forced to put them on the side of their houses and, because they are not lockable, trash and debris float about freely when a strong wind gets to them. A simple solution may be to provide a locking mechanism to residents that need it.
A clean city promotes the health and wellbeing of all of us that live within. It should be a top priority of anyone running.