Community Involvement

Daily Community Clean Up Program

Residents are encouraged to help keep our City clean by volunteering to collect litter during their free time...anytime.  The Community Clean Up Program enables volunteers to pick and choose when and where they will dedicate time towards this initiative. Please follow these easy steps to participate.  

  1. Complete the online registration form . A minimum 72 hour notice prior to beginning a clean-up is required. Adult individual waiver forms will be completed online through the application process.  For groups of 2 or more, please download the Group Waiver Form and have all participants sign the form prior to the event.  Please email the completed form to the Program Coordinator.
  2. If needed, contact the Program Coordinator to schedule a time to collect clean-up supplies from the MacBain Community Centre during building operating hours (bags, safety vests, pickers, etc…).
  3. Ensure to follow the appropriate safety guidelines and program restrictions while performing your clean-up.
  4. Once you are done your clean-up, email the Program Coordinator to indicate where you have left your filled garbage bags so that City Staff can make arrangements to collect the bags at a later date. Return your clean-up supplies during regular building operating  hours to the MacBain Community Centre.

Please note, clean-up locations are limited to only public property that is governed by the City of Niagara Falls.  If you are unsure of ownership of a certain area, please inquire prior to starting your clean-up.

Youth 13 yrs and under must be accompanied by a guardian at all times.  Youth between the ages of 14 to 16 must have their parent/guardian submit a Youth Permission form to participate. 

Student Community Service Hours: Students can be awarded Community Services Hours for their participation with this event. Students are to either acquire a Volunteer Worksheet from their school's Guidance Office prior to the event in order to have it signed by an authorized City Staff Representative at the MacBain Community Centre at the completion of the event or students can email their request at a later date.

For more information, please contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator. Phone: 905-356-7521 extension 3341.

Clean-Up Safety Tips:

  • Safety is priority. Please ensure that all members of your group are properly dressed, and are wearing the appropriate safety wear for the location that you are going to help clean.
  • Clean-up events are rain or shine. Events should be cancelled if weather conditions become unsafe.
  • DO NOT wear open-toed shoes or loose jewelry. Consider wearing a long sleeve shirt, pants and comfortable footwear to protect your feet, legs and arms.
  • DO NOT clean along any roadways, bridges or bicycle lanes. Only clean along boulevards, trails, parks and walkways (Municipal governed property - do not enter private property).
  • DO NOT pick-up any needles, glass or chemical substances. Notify the event coordinator of the exact location of these items to be picked up by City Staff.
  • DO NOT park along any arterial roadways and be alert of on-coming traffic.
  • Avoid construction sites and waterways
  • Use non-porous gloves while conducting your clean-up activity.
  • Volunteers working along boulevards must wear a safety vest or highly visible clothing.
  • Dress for the weather. Consider wearing a hat during peak sun times and keep hydrated.
  • Bring first-aid supplies in case of cuts, scrapes and other accidents that may happen. Have a cell phone with you at all times in case of emergency.
  • When able, work in pairs or groups in case of accidents that may occur.
  • Youth volunteering are encouraged not to work beside roadways. Alternatively, neighbourhood parks and trail are best locations for youth to participate.

Community Service hours for students are available to acquire through this program.  For more information or questions, please email the Program Coordinator or call Recreation & Culture at 905-356-7521 ext.3341.

Fall Community Clean Up event: Saturday, October 19, 2024 from 100m to 12pm

Volunteers can register online soon for our fall clean up event that is taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2024. The event will take place starting at the MacBain Community Centre at 10:00 am and will conclude at 12:00 pm. Volunteers will be given gloves, a safety vest (if required), garbage bags and pickers (limited). All volunteers are requested to register online prior to the event, however, walk-ins on the day-of the event are welcome.  Please review the below information to help guide you with preparing to participate for this event.

Waiver Forms: All registering volunteers will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.  Waiver forms will be available on the event date (October 19) at the MacBain Community Centre starting at 10:00 am.  Waiver forms can also be downloaded. If you are registering multiple people, a group waiver form can be downloaded in advance or all members from the group can sign a waiver form on the event date. 

Volunteers Ages 13 and Under: Will need to have a Guardian complete a Youth Permission Form prior to the start of the event and accompany the volunteer at all times during the event.  Forms can be completed on the event date at the MacBain Community Centre starting at 10:00 am on October 19, 2024 or downloaded prior to the event.

Volunteers Ages 14 to 16: Will need to have a Guardian complete a Youth Permission Form prior to the start of the event. Forms can be completed on the event date at the MacBain Community Centre starting at 10:00 am on October 19, 2024 or downloaded prior to the event.

Downloadable Permission and Waiver Forms:

  • Coming soon for download
  • Individual Adult Waiver Form - available on site on event day.

What to Expect:

  • If you haven't pre-registered, that is ok (but it helps us prepare if you do). All volunteers are to arrive starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 19, 2024 to the MacBain Community Centre (7150 Montrose Road - Niagara Falls).
  • Volunteers will then complete a waiver form. Youth under the age of 17 will need a guardian on-site to complete a youth permission form (can also be completed in advance). NOTE: Youth under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by a guardian and they cannot clean along street boulevards (only parks and trails).
  • Event volunteers will provide you with a couple of garbage bags, gloves, safety vest (if cleaning along boulevards), safety instructions and a picker (limited supply).
  • You can then proceed to help clean a municipal-governed area (do not enter private property without permission) of your choice. If you do not know where to go, you can ask for a map of an approved area that is problematic with accumulating debris.
  • While on-site, leave any filled garbage bags at either a street corner, parking lot entrance or park/trail entrance when possible so that Staff can easily collect later.
  • Bring all borrowed items (except for gloves - you can keep them) back to the MacBain Community Centre prior to 12:00pm and inform the event volunteers of where you have left the filled garbage bags.  If easier, you can email the location of where the bags have been left. 
  • If you are late coming back to the MacBain Community Centre - after 12:00pm, borrowed items can be left at the Customer Service Desk, located inside the building, beside the pool.

Walker Industries Complimentary Waste Disposal Program

Walker Industries is a company dedicated to the environment, community and safety of their employees and they want to do their part and help keep the communities in which we live and operate clean and safe. They hope to do this by making every day a “day of action on litter” by offering free disposal for any community clean up initiative year round across Niagara Region. Dependent on any existing government restrictions, the Thorold landfill will provide free disposal of litter collected by community groups who pre-register their 2024 community cleanup initiatives. Please review Walker Industries' guidelines for accessing free disposal for 2023. To register for free community clean-up disposal please email Walker Industries (include your group name, cleanup location (i.e. municipality), and expected clean-up date).  

Adopt A Street/Trail/Park/Walkway

You can help keep your environment clean and beautiful! The Adopt A Street Program is a campaign to beautify and take pride in the City of Niagara Falls. Volunteer groups are encouraged to adopt a street, trail, park or walkway, and take responsibility for litter pick-up, weed pulling, etc. along the selected area. Complete the application form online.

For updated documents including applications, waivers, checklists and safety guidelines, please contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator. Phone: 905-356-7521 ext 3341.

S.C.V.F.A. Environment Award

Congratulations to our most recent winner, Renee Delaney from Small Scale Farms. The City of Niagara Falls Environment Award, sponsored by the Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen's Association and endorsed by the Environmental Action Committee. The award is presented to a citizen(s), groups, businesses, industry or organizations residing or working in the City of Niagara Falls who have made a significant contribution toward the protection or enhancement of the City's environment.

Over the past 25 years, the City of Niagara Falls Environmental Action Committee has recognized many groups and individuals who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the improvement and preservation of the environment. View the Past winners of the Environment Award for a full list of recipients of the award.

Nominations will be accepted year round. A complete, one page submission will be accepted, including a bio and accomplishments of the nominee and the nominator's and nominee full contact information.

Note: Only winning submissions will be contacted prior to the annual Volunteer Recognition Evening, which takes places annually at the beginning of November. Recipients will be given complimentary tickets to the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.