12 Gross Photos That Show How Bad Toronto’s Trash Problem Is Right Now
One city councillor called it "infuriating," "selfish," and "disappointing." 🚮
With few places to go besides parks and beaches, Torontonians have been flocking to public outdoor spaces to enjoy the warm weather, leaving used solo cups and picnic trash in their wake.
Photos are surfacing of Trinity Bellwoods Park covered in litter after this past weekend, even though 20 more garbage bins have recently been placed in the park, the City told Narcity.
Despite there being 10,000 garbage bins in Toronto's parks and cleanup crews at the start of every week in busy areas, the City told Narcity that litter costs Toronto more than $27.5 million a year.
Solo cups were left inside the social distancing circles at Trinity Bellwoods this past Sunday, and plastic bags tumbled in the wind.
This was the scene after a busy weekend on May 16 in the park. "It's a sad commentary on the culture of this is how people view and treat public space," reads the caption.
It is the garbage that didn't even get close to the bins that gets to me the most....now everyone who uses the park this morning gets to enjoy a garbage dump. Anyone have any ideas on how to get people to pick up after themselves? #moreparksTO @joe_cressy @JohnTorypic.twitter.com/qTeCntoSOp— Trinity Bellwoods Park (@Trinity Bellwoods Park) 1621169063
Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park also shared images from that same weekend. Despite the City of Toronto's maximum fine of $500 for littering, it seems that it wasn't enough to keep the park clean.
Once again people left piles of trash in Trinity Bellwoods Park last night. \n\nRespect the white squirrel & clean up after yourselves.pic.twitter.com/FS3SkhJm3D— Jake Tobin Garrett (@Jake Tobin Garrett) 1622398062
One person even drew a cartoon depicting the park's front gates adorned with red solo cups.
Why are Torontonians so lazy and disgusting? Just one of many scenes this morning at Woodbine Beach.pic.twitter.com/iO2LKd6Fum— Lesa Hannah (@Lesa Hannah) 1621868205
Littering has also been an issue at Woodbine Beach as of late, particularly this past Victoria Day long weekend.
And the trash left at Woodbine Beach continues..pic.twitter.com/3qPTyxRJWV— Lesa Hannah (@Lesa Hannah) 1621952734