Join our team in the community!

We host and participate in a variety of events, from community cleanups, eco-fairs, public presentations and everything in-between. 

Interested in bringing the U of T Trash Team to your next event? Contact us.

Earth Day Panel at KSR

Online Toronto, Ontario

Learn about research and on-the-ground work done by U of T and KSR personnel. Presentation on U of T Trash Team's waste literacy programs by Susan Debreceni.

Earth Day Celebration

In celebration of Earth Day, join our team for eco-friendly activities and tips on how to be more sustainable. Presentation by Su’aad Juman-Yassin and Marcia Pedroza.

Science Rendezvous

Learn about plastics and how to identify microplastics. Interactive activities with Hayley McIlwraith, Marcia Pedroza and Jan Bikker.

Tagging Trash in Lake Ontario

Have you seen the special orange water bottles floating around the Toronto Harbour? The University of Toronto Trash Team is studying GPS-tracked water bottles into the harbour to uncover where trash ends up along our waterfront and lake. This helps to find better solutions to our litter problem. Learn about our Fighting Floatables initiative that examines theContinue reading "Tagging Trash in Lake Ontario"

Plastic Pollution, Toxicity, and Policy Change

A public dialogue between activists, scholars, scientists, and policy experts tackling the issues at the forefront of plastics pollution policy. The panel will focus on activating resistance to mechanisms of petro-chemical pollution affecting human health and ecosystems. The known and unknown effects of plastic as a matrix for chemical accumulation, the dangers of its circulationContinue reading "Plastic Pollution, Toxicity, and Policy Change"

Urban Litter Challenge (Socially Distanced Edition)

Celebrate the International Coastal Cleanup with the U of T Trash Team by joining one of our community cleanups. Hosted in neighbourhoods in and around the Toronto area, we'll prevent litter in our watershed from entering Lake Ontario and its connected tributaries! Volunteers will collect data on type and amount of litter collected, which contributesContinue reading "Urban Litter Challenge (Socially Distanced Edition)"

Science Literacy Week: Ecofriendly Swaps for Plastic

Join Samantha Santoro this Science Literacy Week to learn more about single-use plastic and its impact on our watersheds, how to reduce your own plastic usage in your day-to-daye routines with some ecofriendly swaps, and more about the University of Toronto Trash Team. Samantha is a graduate and former research student from the University ofContinue reading "Science Literacy Week: Ecofriendly Swaps for Plastic"

Climate – The Plastic Lake: Fighting Plastic Pollution in Lake Ontario

Without a question, we're drowning in plastic, and it's not just the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that we have to worry about. According to the Plastic Lakes Project, 22 million pounds of plastic enters the Great Lakes every year. Of that unbelievable amount of pollution, three million pounds of plastic ends up in Lake Ontario annually.  In thisContinue reading "Climate – The Plastic Lake: Fighting Plastic Pollution in Lake Ontario"

Tagging Trash in the Toronto Harbour

Floating litter… where does it go? How does it end up on our local beaches, slips and docks? Why does it accumulate in certain areas and not others? As part of our Fighting Floatables Initiative, the Tagging Trash Project aims to answer these questions. Join the University of Toronto Trash Team and collaborators to learn more about the TaggingContinue reading "Tagging Trash in the Toronto Harbour"

November Speaker Series with Cassandra Sherlock

Hear more about our Fighting Floatables initiative in the Toronto Harbour this Thursday at 7 pm EST, with a presentation by researcher and Master's Student Cassandra Sherlock. Hosted by Spadina-Fort York Greens

Home Waste Audit

Start off the new year with the University of Toronto Trash Team! It's the start of a new year, are you wondering how you can increase your waste literacy and circularity? Back by popular demand, you can join our Home Waste Audit and challenge yourself to reduce your waste as you increase your waste literacy!Continue reading "Home Waste Audit"

Science Rendezvous

Microplastic Scientist for a Day! Participants will explore and learn about the sources and fate of microplastics in our watershed and explore potential solutions to plastic pollution. Learn how researchers in the Rochman Lab identify and categorize microplastics! We will also share examples of our solutions-based research, including research to track and record items captured byContinue reading "Science Rendezvous"