Outreach: U of T Trash Team

We are committed to translating science beyond academia to increase scientific and environmental literacy. We engage with the public at community events or public spaces, we visit  schools, we talk to the media, and we work with local, national and international stakeholders to increase waste literacy and facilitate the use of scientific evidence in the decision-making process. We have dubbed ourselves the ‘U of T Trash Team’.

  • Interested in joining our team, participating in our outreach events or simply have questions about our team? Contact us.
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  • If you want to provide support for our initiatives via a charitable donation, please click here and provide support to the U of T Trash Team Fund.

Our Mission: 1) Connect people and increase literacy concerning material  consumption and waste with fun, creative and practical actions. 2) Use education, public outreach and scientific research to deliver evidence-based solutions to decrease solid waste and promote a circular economy.

Our Vision: We envision a fun and engaged waste-literate community where citizens are actively working to protect people, wildlife and the planet through the intersection of science, policy, community engagement and innovation that promote zero-waste lifestyles.

Upcoming Events and Presentations:

  • Tuesday May 12: Annual Cleanup the Don. Stay tuned for registration and cleanup locations!

Past Events:


  • Saturday March 7, 11 am – 2 pm at Evergreen Brickworks: Learn about sources of pollution with our interactive watershed demonstration at this year’s Waterfront Toronto Science Fair.


  • Sunday November 3: Don Mouth Naturalization Tour and Community Engagement Event – SETAC North America Annual Meeting).
  • Monday September 23 at 7 pm (Museum of Contemporary Art): PhD student Alice (Xia) Zhu presents ‘From the Bay Area to the Arctic‘ as part of Shezad Dawood’s exhibition Leviathan. 
  • Saturday September 21 at 10 am (Hart House Circle, St. George Campus): Join our inaugural Urban Litter Challenge to clean the neighbourhood & protect our watershed.
  • Thursday September 19 at 7 pm (Tranzac Club): Nerd Nite Toronto kicks off their 10th season with a talk from PhD student, Bonnie Hamilton.
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 6 pm (Gerstein Library – Alice Moulton Room): Tiny Plastics: Big Problems panel discussion with students and researchers from the U of T Trash Team.
  • June 8th and 9th: Rouge Valley Eco Valley Exploration event. Explore the Rouge Valley and stop by our table to learn about the impact of microplastics in our environment.
  • May 5th – Annual Cleanup the Don in collaboration with TRCA’s Paddle the Don

Follow us on Twitter @UofTTrashTeam & catch up with us on our blog.