1-800 RID-OF-IT

September 12, 2013 09:00 ET

Environmental Event Turns Into 'Crime Scene' Clean-Up

Volunteers Rid River of Two Tonnes in Illegally Tossed Trash

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 12, 2013) - 1-800 RID-OF-IT, one of Canada's leading national rubbish removal companies, just wrapped up its third Humber River Clean Up event yesterday, removing a shocking two tonnes of garbage from the waters and shoreline of the Humber River. This years haul successfully doubled their past record of one tonne.

Among the discarded debris of plastic water bottles, unidentified metal grates, TV's, car seats, port-a-potty doors and a gaming chair came one item that may not be as misplaced as the others. Carefully wound into a tightly sealed glass bottle was a three page penned letter, written in Polish.

"The sheer volume of illegal dumping in the area is making this beautiful, natural oasis a crime scene," said Rick Crawford, President of 1-800 RID-OF-IT. "We could have kept going for another five hours with the amount of debris just under the surface and we'll be back in 2014, bigger and better to keep the trash at bay."

The Humber River Clean Up was created by 1-800 RID-OF-IT President Rick Crawford, a Bloor West resident and keen kayaker. This fire fighter decided to take action while being forced to dodge discarded debris while paddling in the area. Having coordinated the grassroots event for several years now, Rick is determined to keep up the clean up for as many years as it will take to ensure his kids will have a safe place to paddle in the future.

*High-res photos of Humber River Clean Up and the unusual items recovered are available upon request.

About 1-800 RID-OF-IT

1-800 RID-OF-IT is not just about rubbish removal, it's also about the environment. The company has consistently taken a leadership role in promoting recycling of materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. 1-800 RID-OF-IT will load up, take away and recycle or dispose of items deemed too large or bulky for weekly trash service, including yard refuse, drywall, appliances, furniture and garage junk. 1-800 RID-OF-IT can be reached at 1-800-743-6348 or online at www.ridofittoronto.com.

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