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Clean & Green

Hamilton is environmentally sustainable with a healthy balance of natural and urban spaces.

Our Future Hamilton is an environmentally sustainable place where...

  • A flourishing natural environment enriches the quality of life for community members.
  • Organizations take a leadership role and operate in a sustainable manner.
  • Everyone has a deep understanding and respect for the natural environment and its important contribution to our lives.

'Best fit' City services include:

  • Forestry
  • Horticultural Programs
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Storm Water Management
  • Wastewater Collection and Treatment
  • Energy Management

Other Services that support Clean & Green include:

  • Zoning By-Law Review
  • Cemeteries
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Parks and Open Space Access
  • Environmental Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • By-Law Enforcement
  • Public Transportation
  • Roadway Access
  • Facilities Management
  • Fleet Management
  • Growth Management
  • Citizen and Customer Service
  • Engineering Services
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Water Education opportunities

The Hamilton Children’s Water Festival is a three-day educational, hands-on, out of school, opportunity to educate students about the importance of water conservation, protection, awareness, respect, science technology, history and health. Also book a Hamilton Harbour Puppet Show.

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Recycling and Composting – Facility Tours and Speakers

Book a school presentation with one of our Master Recyclers or request a tour of the Central Composting Facility to learn about Hamilton's composting and recycling programs.

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Forestry Education

The City's forestry education program offers free informative and interactive presentations.

Children’s Water Festival

The Hamilton Children’s Water Festival is a three-day educational, hands-on, out of school, opportunity to educate students about the importance of water conservation, protection, awareness, respect, science technology, history and health. Also find information for Teachers.

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Tree planting program

The City of Hamilton’s Street Tree Planting program offers free trees to homeowners in Hamilton.

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Community Clean & Green /Clean Up Trailers

The Community Clean Trailer provides volunteers with the tools they need to beautify our city parks. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter, remove graffiti, and weed flower and shrub beds in an effort to keep our parks clean and green.

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Adopt a Park Program

The Adopt-a-Park program is a year round volunteer program. Adopt-a-Park volunteer groups sign up to help maintain and care for trees, flowers and shrub beds in our local parks. The groups agree to maintain and take care of a park for a minimum of three years.

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Team Up to Clean Up

Team Up to Clean Up is a year-round city-wide community clean up program.

Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the Harbour

Hamilton Harbour is one of 43 locations around the Great Lakes where environmental degradation has led to the decline of ecosystem health locally and to the Great Lakes Basin more widely.

Randle Reef Project

The biggest pile of contaminated sediment on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes was supposed to be de-listed as an “area of concern” last year but figuring out what to do with the coal by-product in Hamilton harbour and finding the money to do it, took decades.

Waste Tips - How To Sort Items For Your Green Bin

Green Bin & Composting programs

Here are some important tips about how to use your GREEN BIN.

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Hamilton Bike Share

The City of Hamilton, in partnership with Social Bicycles, started implementing a bike share program in 2014.

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Waste to watts

In a response to the Prime Minister’s long-term plan to lower Canada’s carbon footprint, a special committee has been touring the country to find alternative forms of power.

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