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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Watch the video of recent Clean North rain barrel making bee!

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So how do rain barrels get made? New Clean North slideshow tells all!

On Saturday, April 27, Clean North volunteers were hard at work building new rain barrels! See how it's done in this new slide show from Clean North! 

Want to buy a rain barrel? Those built by Clean North are sold through Lemieux Composting on Black Road.

Want to make your own rain barrel? Here are our instructions!  (Please note that Verne's Hardware is now closed; try a building supply store for the gate valve and Amazon for for the plastic tank fitting.)

For best viewing experience, you should view the slideshow full screen with captions visible. Here's how to do that:

  1. click on the Play button in the middle of the slide show window
  2. quickly click on the full screen icon in the lower right corner of the slide show window (four arrows)
  3. click on Show Info in the upper right corner of the slide show window (reveals the captions)

Press the Esc button to leave the slide show.

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3 great events coming up for Earth Week in Sault Ste. Marie!








Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day event for families
Art Gallery of Algoma

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk” – Thomas Edison

Come learn the art of working with recycled materials. Clean North's composting with worms exhibit will be there as well!

The Art Gallery is looking for string, buttons, yarn, fabric, cardboard, coloured bristle board, cardboard tubes, bottle caps, CDs, plastic bread bag ties, milk cartons, yogurt containers and corks. They're accepting drop offs every day until April 20! Contact 705-949-9067 ext. 107 for more information.

Monday, April 22 at 7 pm
Screening of Manufactured Landscapes
Art Gallery of Algoma

In honour of Earth Day and the Art Gallery's current exhibit Men and Nature, the AGA will be showing a film about internationally renowned Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky. In this fascinating documentary Burtynsky’s large scale photographs of landscapes transformed by industry come to life. The National Film Board of Canada writes, “Shot in sumptuous super 16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narratives on human impact on the planet without trying to reach simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions. In the process, the film shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.”

Contact 705-949-9067 ext. 107
*Entrance to the film is included in regular gallery admission $5; free for members and students (with valid student ID)

Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Clean North presents…The Story of Stuff (plus panel discussion
Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Main Branch 

Do you know where all of your unwanted “stuff” goes? Saultites (on average) bury 1/2 ton of “stuff” per person per year at our landfill. Are you aware that our municipal landfill is expected to be full within 10 years? Did you know that less than 40% of your household waste is “recycled”? To help answer these questions Clean North and the SSM Public Library will be hosting a showing of the video “THE STORY OF STUFF” followed by a panel discussion.

Clean North presents in honour of Earth Week The Story of Stuff



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Sault College to host Waterwalker Film Festival on Thursday, April 11, 2013

Paddle Canada's Waterwalker Film Festival is a tribute to the late Bill Mason, the great conservationist, canoeist and filmmaker. Mason once stated, "The medium of film is for me a means of expressing my love and enjoyment of the natural world, and of sharing my concern for what's happening to it with anybody who looks and listens."

Mason's idea of success was to be able to communicate through his films, books and paintings the intense feelings he had for his surroundings, and to somehow inspire others into sharing and adopting these thoughts and concerns. Passionate in his beliefs, always speaking from the heart, his films inspired many people to rededicate themselves to the enjoyment and conservation of Canada's wilderness and waterways. Through this celebration of film, the Waterwalker Film Festival and Sault College invite you to become part of Mason's ongoing legacy….Come enjoy the wide variety of films submitted by amateur and professional filmmakers. Festival organizers hope you will be encouraged to become more involved with the protection and conservation of our unique Canadian wilderness and waterways.


Thursday, April 11 at 7:15 pm

 $8 advance at Joe’s Sports, Verorution or Sault College

$10 at the door (proceeds to S.C. Outdoor Adventure Chapter)

Location:  Sault College, Multi Media Room B1170

Contact: 705.759.2554 ext 2461

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Clean North presents…in honour of Earth Week: The Story of STUFF (how our stuff is trashing the planet and our health!)

Clean North presents in honour of Earth Week The Story of Stuff

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Do you care about the St. Marys River? Then check out the BPAC annual summit on Saturday, March 16! (kids welcome!)

BPAC’s 12th Annual Environmental Summit ~ Saturday, March 16 ~ 10:30 am to 3 pm

Lake Superior State University Cisler Center, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Come celebrate the St. Mary’s River!!

This year’s theme is Connecting Science to the Community. Participants will be looking at ways to enhance community engagement in environmental projects for residents of Sault Ste. Marie in both Michigan and Ontario.

There will be display tables featuring local businesses and environmental interest groups (including Clean North) to meet with the public — in addition to guest speakers giving short presentations to the public throughout the day.  There will also be an area for children to learn about science in our community using a variety of activity centers!  We encourage you to bring the whole family…there will be something for everyone!

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