You asked … about cigarette butts

7 Mar

IMG_2434A community member asks: “It’s sad to see the amount of cigarette butt litter already in the park – any chance of containers?”

We answer: Friends of Berczy Park has also noticed the large number of cigarette butts accumulating in the park, particularly along the temporary fencing by Scott Street. Unfortunately, some smokers  just toss their cigarette litter on the ground without looking for a waste receptacle, creating a dirty landscape for others, including children and pets who can come into contact with this waste.

fullsizeoutput_19adWe have asked the City to add more waste bins around the park including specific cigarette waste receptacles and bylaw signage. We also ask the Management of Great West Life’s 33 Yonge office complex to add more smoking waste bins  along their property line on Scott St, since we imagine that many of the smokers come from that building .

In general, we ask all smokers to be more aware of their actions in the park – and help keep it clean – particularly around the green space near Scott Street, since  a children’s play/art structure will be added in the spring and we want to keep the area cigarette smoke/litter free, as City bylaws require.



3 Responses to “You asked … about cigarette butts”

  1. Alba March 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    And along with all the cigarette butts…. lots of dog poop too!!! I am a dog owner and am appalled by the amount of dog waste along the fence.

  2. Alba March 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    Along with all the cigarette butts… lots of dog poop. I am a dog owner and am appalled at the amount of dog waste along the fencing.

    • Friends of Berczy Park Working Group March 8, 2017 at 8:16 am #

      Hi Alba, yes, we hope that certain members of the pet-owner community also ‘clean up their act.’ We remind pet-owners to poop and scoop, even in cold or wet winter conditions. And, if you are a pet-owner who sees someone else leaving pet waste behind, graciously offer them a poop bag and thank them for keeping the park clean for everyone. Hopefully they’ll get the hint. For those pet-owners who refuse to comply, they risk a $240 fine. Friends of Berczy Park will host ‘pet-owner social events’ this summer to help educate everyone on best practices in pet behaviour in our park.

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