May 29, 2024

Tim Hortons making a difference in the region

By Tiffany Wilson

It’s that time of year again.

The snow has melted, children are playing and unappealing garbage lies upon the ground.

The Tim Hortons’ community cleanup is an easy way to get people involved with the community and get them thinking about the environment. The tri-cities cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 21. Kitchener and Waterloo’s will run from 10 a.m. to noon and Cambridge’s will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

It’s a time when neighbours, businesses and the city come together for the environment. The day can educate people and improve the community one piece of litter at a time.

Cleanup events will take place at McLennan Park in Kitchener and Waterloo Park in Waterloo. Free shuttle times will be posted on the City of Kitchener website and will depart from Victoria Park.

Cambridge will hold its cleanup at three different locations, including the Tim Hortons’ parking lot in Hespeler, Holiday Inn Drive in Preston and Riverside Park in Galt.

In addition, according to the City of Kitchener website, prior registration is not required, but four environmental ambassador volunteer positions are available. The city is looking for individuals who are energetic, love the outdoors, enjoy helping people and who are enthusiastic about the environment.

At each location mentioned, participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments supplied by Tim Hortons, while supplies last. Gloves and bags will also be provided. There will also be the chance to win prizes including Tim Hortons’ gift cards, mugs and a mountain bike.

In order to be entered into the draw to win the mountain bike, participants must exchange a bag of garbage. The draw will take place at noon and the participant must be there to receive the prize.
For more information about the Kitchener cleanup, contact Janice Ouellette, facilitator and volunteer, at 519-741-2227.

For more information on the Waterloo cleanup visit or contact the City of Waterloo, environment and parks services at 519-747-8643.

Lastly, for more information on the Cambridge cleanup contact Paul Willms, sustainability planner, at 519-740-4681, ext. 4262, or

Many more cleanup dates and times can be found on each of their websites.