Community near Toyota Canada Head Office gets a speed clean

TOYOTA CANADA - Dozens of Toyota Canada associates put on their running shoes, slipped on a pair of gloves, and spent their lunch time on Friday in the local community trying to stuff as many bags as possible full of garbage.

At the end of this year's "20-Minute Toronto Makeover," the associates had collected 70 garbage bags of refuse, which broke the record of 44 set last year in this annual event that has become an Earth Week tradition at Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI).

"Toyota Canada is committed to environmental responsibility and that starts with our associates," said Seiji Ichii, President and CEO of Toyota Canada Inc. "Our volunteers care deeply about sustainability and helping the communities where they live and work. This clean-up is a great way for our associates to assist both the environment and their neighbours, and have a fun time while doing it."

The associates, who were joined by a number of TCI executives, were divided into six groups, each tasked with collecting garbage at one of six locations – outside the head office building itself and in a nearby ravine.

All the bags were divided into recyclable and non-recyclable trash and collected by the City of Toronto.

Toyota Canada's regional offices will be organizing separate community clean-up days in the coming weeks.