Clean North needs volunteers to help with Christmas tree recycling at Cambrian Mall!

Over the past 20+ years, Clean North's Christmas tree recycling program has helped keep thousands of trees out of the Sault Ste. Marie landfill. But we need volunteers to collect the trees and chip them into mulch. If you have some time in the next week or so, why not help out? This is a great community service opportunity for the teens in your life, so do share this information with them!

If you can help out, please contact Clean North (705-945-1573 or

The Christmas tree collection is taking place in the parking lot of Cambrian Mall. Styrofoam, cardboard, and magazines are also being accepted for recycling, and clean towels and blankets are being accepted for the Humane Society. Chipping starts Sunday January 12 at 8 am and mulch will be available at 10:30.

Please note that the City does NOT pick up Christmas trees at the curb.


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Don’t miss screening of uplifting and inspiring Earthkeepers film at Sault College on November 13!

Clean North and Sault College’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program are sponsoring a free screening of the National Film Board of Canada’s inspirational film Earth Keepers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13 in the Multi Media Lab B1170 at Sault College (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

This 82-minute film chronicles the quest of young Quebecois Mikael Rioux to find concrete solutions to the problems our planet faces. Driven by his passionate concern for the world his young son will inherit, Mikael travels the world to track down innovative projects developed by several planetary visionaries. The visionaries offer concrete solutions to a number of ecological problems. Those he meets provide a survival guide for our planet and source of hope for our future. These “earth keepers” include Christian de Laet, John Todd and Nancy Jack Todd, Ashok Khosla, Peter Koenig, Dr Karl-Henrik Robert, Marilyn Mehlmann, and Wangari Maathai.

Afterwards those who wish to stay can join us in a facilitated discussion of the film.

Free parking is available in the Northern Avenue Lot.

Please share this information with others you know who might be interested in this event.


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Volunteers like Don McGorman and Steve Butland plant trees to help prevent erosion and green Sault Ste. Marie

Is there any more wonderful thing you can do to help your community than plant a tree?

When you plant trees, you plant hope, help clean the air, help stop erosion, help slow climate change—even help lower crime rates!

Christian Lemay of Shaw TV has produced a brief feature about two recent community tree plants in the Sault area, one on Landslide Hill and the other on a berm along Carmen's Way in the city's east end. Among those participating in the tree plants were Clean North's Don McGorman and Ward 1 City Councillor Steve Butland. You can watch this feature below!

If you'd like to get involved in community tree plants, contact Clean North,, (705) 945-1573.

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It’s Freecycle Day in Sault Ste. Marie! Clear your basement/garage/attic!

freecycle logoThe City of Sault Ste. Marie encourages residents to take part in Sault Freecycle Day today (Saturday, September 21, 2013).

You can participate by simply placing re-usable unwanted items at the end of your driveway with a sign labelled Free–for other residents and neighbours to pick up and take away.

Sault Freecycle Saturday is a Green event initiated by local organizer Anita Beckett.

For more information, email, like the Sault Freecycle Facebook page or check out the Sault Freecycle forum for posting items you want or items you have to give away (

Items not picked up by 9 p.m. Saturday evening are the responsibility of participating homeowners/residents and must be returned to their homes.

There will be no special waste pickup by the City Public Works and Transportation department for this event. Let’s recycle on Sault Freecycle Saturday! Pass this info onto your friends, neighbours, and relatives!

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Want mulch? Clean North’s got it! (7th Annual Green Side Up event!)

Clean North presents 7th Annual Green Side Up on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 9 a.m. until noon at Lemieux Composting, 764 Black Road, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.

photo of mulch made from Christmas treesAt this event, Clean North will have available:

  • Free Christmas tree mulch (by donation; please bring your own containers)
  • Tree seedlings
  • Coir blocks
  • Rain barrels
  • Bat houses
  • Worm composter kits

For more information, call (705)945-1573.




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Clean North’s composting worms will be wriggling their way over to the Green Expo on Saturday, July 27 in Desbarats!

awesome pic of composting wormsIf you live in Central Algoma or the Sault, consider a jaunt to the 2013 Green Expo, being held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Johnson Township Community Centre in Desbarats.

Clean North will be there, as will our indoor worm composting demonstration. Starting at 10 am there will be a hands-on worm-sorting activity, open to children of all ages.There will also be presentations on worm composting basics, and anyone wishing to start their own worm composter will have an opportunity to acquire worms.

Other highlights of the Green Expo will include the Earth Rangers (a non-profit organization dedicated to providing environmental education to children, offering a positive and engaging experience for children and their families), Nottingham's Archery, local artists, the Kensington Conservancy, and much more!

And right next door to the Green Expo will be the outstanding Johnson Farmer's Market, which features beautiful farm produce, jams, pickles, honey, and much more!

Need more details about worm composting? Call Clean North at (705)945-1573.

Please forward this information to relatives, friends, and neighbours who might be interested!

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ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! Deadline for nominations for City Beautification Awards—including Clean North-sponsored Green Glove Award—is Wednesday, July 17!

photo of home gardenIt’s that time of year again: Time to acknowledge local gardeners and community businesses who beautify our city!

Categories are:

  • Front Yard, Backyard (sponsor – Godfrey Realty Group Inc.)
  • Commercial/Institutional
  • “Feature in a Garden Award” (sponsor – Lemieux Composting)
  • Most Improved Residential Property
  • Best Water Feature” (sponsor – New North Greenhouses)
  • Green Glove Garden” (sponsor – Clean North)
  • “Teeny Weeny Garden” (sponsor – KPMG)
  • “Best Vegetable Garden” (sponsor – Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society)
  • “Best of the Best” (sponsor – Downing’s Landscaping and Greenhouses

For the Green Glove Garden Award, sponsored and judged by Clean North, nominated gardens are judged on design, overall health and the use of organic gardening methods, which include natural disease and pest control, composting, mulching, recycling, and water conservation.

For more information, including the nomination form, visit the City of Sault Ste. Marie Beautification Awards page.


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Want to donate to Clean North? We now have an online donation button on our website!

Invest in a cleaner, healthier Sault Ste. Marie and help extend the life of our local landfill by donating to Clean North!

Your donation will help Clean North continue its important work in reducing, re-using, and recycling, especially diverting waste going into the landfill and helping to postpone the date when taxpayers will have to pay for a new landfill.

You can donate by clicking on the blue Donate Now button in the upper right corner of every page on our website!

Did you know…? Clean North is a registered charity!

Did you also know…? Clean North has diverted more than 100,000 Christmas trees from our landfill!

Please forward this information to relatives, friends, local businesses, and others who might be interested in investing in a cleaner, healthier Sault Ste. Marie!

If you are receiving this information by email and want to know more about Clean North and its programs, visit our website at

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Gardeners: It’s time once again to MOVE – THAT – MULCH ! ! ! (trees, bathouses, rain barrels, worm kits, and coir blocks will be for sale, too!)

Come to Algoma University on Saturday, June 8, from 9 am to noon and get yourself some nice mulch produced from recycled Christmas trees! You will also be able to purchase trees, bathouses, rain barrels, worm kits, and coir blocks. For more information, contact Clean North (see poster below for contact details). Pass this information on to your fellow gardeners!Move That Mulch 2013 poster

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Clean North to be at SSM Horticultural Society’s Plant Sale on Saturday, May 25! Yes: There will be “recycled plants” there! :-)

Once again Clean North will be at the SSM Horticultural Society's Annual Plant Sale, offering up coir blocks, rain barrels, and bathouses, as well as some information on reducing, re-using, and recycling!

This event is a good fit for Clean North, as many of the plants for sale are "recycled"—unwanted plants rescued by the society's Green Team or ones taken out of society members' overcrowded flower beds. Just some of the plants that will be available: daylilies, primroses, dwarf bleeding heart, globe allium, lungwort, and much more!

The sale will take place in the parking lot of Malabar Baptist Church on Saturday, May 25, from 9 am to noon. Farmers market vendors will also be there. A great event for the whole family!

Please forward this information to all your relatives, friends, and neighbours who like plants and nature. See the flyer below for more details.

Learn how to become a Clean North member here. Invest in a cleaner future for Sault Ste. Marie and area!

You can learn more about the SSM Horticultural Society at Here's how to become a member (membership includes discounts at area gardening-related retailers).SSM Hort Society plant sale flyer

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