Upcoming Events

Join our team in the community! We host and participate in a variety of events, from community cleanups, eco-fairs, public presentations and everything in-between.

Interested in bringing the U of T Trash Team to your next community event? Contact us.

Coming up:

  • Saturday May 8 at 10:30 am EDT: Science Rendezvous – Learn about plastics and how to identify microplastics. Interactive activities with Hayley McIlwraith, Marcia Pedroza and Jan Bikker. Join here.

Past Events:


  • Thursday April 22 at 2 pm EDT: Conservation Conversations (Ripley Aquarium). Discussion with Cassandra Sherlock.
  • Thursday April 22 at 7 pm EDT: Earth Day Panel – Learn about research and on-the-ground work done by U of T and KSR personnel. Presentation by Susan Debreceni.
  • Saturday April 24 at 2 pm EDT: Earth Day Celebration (Vaughan Public Library). Presentation by Su’aad Juman-Yassin and Marcia Pedroza.
  • Wednesday April 14 at Noon: Let’s Talk Lake Ontario – Learn about the state of the lake & what communities can do to improve the health of the lake. Presentation by Cassandra Sherlock. 
  • Monday April 12 at 6:30 pm: How to do a Home Waste Audit (Lincoln Library). Presentation by Anusha Srinivasan.
  • Tuesday January 12 – Tuesday February 9: Home Waste Audit: Start the new year with our team during our 4-week home waste audit with 2 webinars (Tues January 12/Tuesday February 23 at 7 pm).
  • Thursday February 4 at 7 pm: What are Microplastics (Vaughan Public Library) presentation by Alice (Xia) Zhu.
  • Thursday February 18 at 7 pm: How to do a Home Waste Audit (Vaughan Public Library presentation by Caitie Ciampaglia and Ismay Earl)
  • Thursday February 25 at 2 pm: Adventures of an Urban Ecologist: Studying Plastic Litter in Vietnam (Idea Exchange presentation by Rachel Giles)
  • Wednesday March 24 & Thursday March 25 1 – 4:30 pm: Trapping Trash Workshop:


  • Saturday November 7 at 9 pm: GLO NYC Sustainability Workshop Series: Individual Action Against Waste with Alice (Xia) Zhu (Phd Student, Rochman Lab).
  • Sunday October 25 at 4 pm: Film Discussion and Panel, Tiny plastic, colossal problem: what can we do now (EcoFair Toronto).
  • Saturday September 19 at 10 am – 2 pm: Urban Litter Challenge (Socially Distanced Edition)
  • Wednesday August 12 at 2 pm: Upcycled Bird Feeder Workshop with Koffler Scientific Reserve (View recording)
  • Saturday July 18 at 5 pm: Microplastic Madness: Screening and Community Conversation (View recording)
  • Tuesday July 7 – Tuesday August 4: Home Waste Audit: Join our team for 4-week home waste audit with 2 webinars (Tues July 7/Aug 18 at 7 pm EDT).
  • Tuesdays from April 21 through May 19 at 2 pm: Litter-ature for Waste Litter-acy
  • Tuesday May 12 at 1 pm: Ontario Day of Action on Litter Webinar with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
  • 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
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