Seven ways to participate online and in person

The Town’s annual Ajax Green Living Days (GLD) programming encourages residents to come together as a community to continue to work towards a cleaner and greener Ajax. Participate in GLD events and workshops in April and May with many free activities that focus on protecting native pollinators, pollinator-friendly gardening tips, container gardening, sustainability in the household, a community tree planting event and more!

2023 Ajax GLD activities:

  • Gardening for Birds, Butterflies and Beyond (April 17 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Online): Helping the environment starts in your own backyard. Learn how to attract and protect native pollinators, such as Monarch butterflies and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds with beautiful landscape features! Register.
  • Pollinators: Small but Mighty (April 19 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Online): What are pollinators? Why are they important? Enjoy an interactive presentation all about butterflies, bees and other pollinators! Learn how to attract and support these species at home with pollinator-friendly gardening tips. Register.
  • Community Tree Planting Event (April 22 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Greenwood Conservation Area): This is a rain or shine event and will involve the planting of 1350 Native trees. Some shovels will be supplied and participants can bring their own. High school volunteer hours can be obtained during this event. Register.
  • Compost Giveaway Event (April 29 | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Operations Centre, 800 Salem Road North): While supplies last, residents may fill up to the equivalent of four blue boxes of mulch with compost. It is asked that residents bring their own shovel for this event. Food donations will be accepted. The Region of Durham will be taking e-waste items.
  • Container Gardening: Flowers and Vegetables with Ken Brown (May 3 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Ajax Public Library - Main Branch): Learn about decorative and vegetable container gardening from local gardening expert, Ken Brown. Discover how to plant a beautiful container and successfully grow delicious, fresh vegetables! Register for the in-person program here.
  • Sustainability in the Household (May 10 | 7 – 8 p.m. | Ajax Public Library - Main Branch): Learn about the individual components in your day to day living that contribute to waste and resource consumption, as well as what we can all collectively do to make our community more sustainable, at both the individual and municipal levels. Presented by Dr. Daniel Hoornweg, Associate Professor at Ontario Tech University. Register for the in-person program here.
  • Spring Clean-Up Challenge (April - June): The Town’s Spring Clean-Up Toolkits are back and ready for pick up. Help us keep Ajax clean and green. If you want to participate, contact or 905-683-2951 to pick up your toolkit (gloves and bags) today. As part of the Spring Clean-Up Challenge Ajax Council will be conducting a clean-up on April 20 from 1 - 2 p.m. at the Ajax Green Belt (greenspace and pathway between Emperor Street and Clements Road East).


“Ajax Green Living Days is an annual initiative each spring that encourages residents and local businesses to participate in educational webinars, litter clean-ups and reminds everyone of the importance of keeping our community clean and green. I am happy to say that we are able to offer two GLD favourites again this year – the community tree planting event and our compost giveaway! Thank you for taking part in this year’s activities and helping keep the Town of Ajax clean and green for all to enjoy!” – Mayor Shaun Collier

Quick Facts

  • Green Living Days is presented in partnership with the Ajax Public Library, Region of Durham and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
  • Community Tree Planting Event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation (OPG).
  • Ajax prides itself on environmental sustainability and those efforts have continued throughout the pandemic.
  • The Container Gardening events are available in-person at the Ajax Public Library – Main Branch. Registration is required.
  • High school students have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours at the Community Tree Planting Event.
  • Litter toolkits (gloves and bags) are available for pick-up throughout the year for neighbourhood clean-ups. Contact or 905-683-2951 for more information and supplies.

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