Community Cleanup

Team up to clean up your neighbourhood, Badgers.

#BrockUIsBeautiful and we think your community and natural spaces are, too! Grab your personal protective equipment, garbage and recycling bags and get ready to give your community some tender loving care this month. Between Sept 1. and Sept. 30 you are invited to take to the streets or a natural area that could use your help clearing out litter and restore the area to its original glory.

This is a self-directed event, meaning you can participate any time during the month of September no matter where you are in the world. Give back to your community and make your local wildlife rejoice!

We encourage you to wear your favourite Brock gear or the colour orange in support of residential school survivors and Indigenous communities.

How to Participate

  • Choose a location in your community that needs your help cleaning up litter
  • Many hands make light work. Assemble a team of family or fellow Badgers to make a greater impact and make it a social affair
  • Take photos to document your participation. Suggestions include shots of you having fun together, before and after comparison photos, group or solo photos with the bag(s) of litter you collected at the end of your cleanup, etc.
  • Submit a photo to our Community Event Board by Sept. 30 for your chance to win Apple AirPods*

* You must be registered for the event to receive the link to enter the contest. For the full contest terms and conditions, click here.

Form a Team (Optional)

Finalize the details. Decide on where you will host your cleanup and when you will get together.

Get inspired by other programs or register for a local cleanup initiative in your area that has cleanups planned. For example:

Request an Alumni Party Package to Brock-ify your gathering of Badgers. You’ll receive a package filled with Brock swag and other fun items to use with your crew after you finish help making your community a better place (and any other time after that!).

Community Guidelines + Safety Considerations

We’ve compiled some guidelines and common hazards on this page to help you safely plan your cleanup adventure. You are solely responsible for your safety while participating in the Community Cleanup event.

Be mindful of weather conditions for the day you plan to participate and other safety considerations. Watch your local, provincial and federal public health notices for announcements on closures and guidance on how to safely participate in your local community during the ongoing pandemic.

  • Check if your municipal government has information or resources publicly available
  • Make sure the area you’ve selected is not on private property or an area that is protected by job unions and get permission if needed
  • Research disposal options before you begin your cleanup so you know where to bring the garbage and recycling you collected. Do not illegally dump the trash. Call your local government or a waste management facility for assistance (some have programs designed for these types of events and might arrange a pickup for free)
  • Check your municipal website to see if they supply materials like garbage, recycling and compost bags for public cleanups
  • Public beaches
  • Parks, trails and streets in your community
  • Areas in close proximity to other recreational areas while hiking or camping, to help protect wildlife
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Water and snacks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Large garbage and recycling bags
  • Protective gloves
  • Trash pickers or grabbers are great tools for safely picking up garbage
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Wear bright colours or a reflective safety vest so people can easily see you
  • Wear a hat for sun protection

Before you begin:

  • Assess the area, look out for hazards and potential dangers
  • Be prepared and bring proper safety equipment and tools
  • Be prepared to sort items for garbage and recycling
  • Arrange disposal ahead of time

During your clean up:

  • Supervise participants closely, do not let children wander off alone
  • Do not pick up sharp or dangerous items like syringes or broken glass
  • Work in pairs or small groups
  • Be careful near roads
  • Don’t carry heavy items alone
  • Do not touch your face
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds afterwards
  • Avoid dangerous areas such as ravines, railroads, busy streets or areas close to bodies of water

COVID-19 Safety Tips:

  • Wear a mask when in groups or high volume public spaces
  • Be sure to use gloves or a litter picker to reduce the risk of injury of infectious disease transmission
  • Maintain social distancing at least 6 feet apart
  • Do not participate in group activities if you feel unwell, have travelled outside the country within 14 days, or been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19