Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy

The Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy focuses on what each of us can do to keep our neighbourhoods clean and green.  The Strategy encourages everyone in Hamilton to take responsibility for improving our community environments.

Hamilton has many initiatives in neighbourhoods, schools and parks that contribute to a clean and green community.  The Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy supports, promotes and helps coordinate those efforts to ensure we’re all moving in the same direction and helping each other with the experience, knowledge and resources needed to keep our city clean and green.

The Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy provides context and support for programs and initiatives that help beautify our city.  

The vision is for Hamilton to be recognized as a sustainable clean and green community where everyone takes responsibility for, and has pride in, the environments in which they live, work, and play.

The success of the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy requires the commitment and involvement of Hamilton residents, business owners, visitors, community leaders and City of Hamilton staff. 

Principles

The Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy is governed by three principles. The Strategy and it's programs and initiatives will:

  • Contribute to an enhanced quality of life for citizens through clean and green initiatives.
  • Support community and stakeholder engagement through partnerships, collaboration and consultation.
  • Contribute to the social, economic and environmental well-being of Hamilton.

Strategic objectives

The strategic objectives of the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy are to:

  • Provide a framework and overview for Hamilton’s Clean & Green agenda, plans and programs. 
  • Develop, facilitate and monitor activities that contribute to an improved standard of cleanliness across Hamilton.
  • Add value to existing cleanliness, beautification and environmental stewardship programs delivered by the City of Hamilton and its partners. 
  • Encourage sustainable behaviour through community-based social marketing.
  • Support initiatives that foster behaviour change with respect of environmental stewardship.

Clean & Green Hamilton focus areas

The success of the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy relies on:

  • evidence-based research and data
  • broad consultation
  • stakeholder and volunteer engagement
  • funding
  • staff resources
  • community-based social marketing principles

The Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy addresses:

Litter prevention

Litter prevention programs will be managed by Public Works staff in collaboration with the Keep Hamilton Clean & Green Committee. Programs may include:

  • design and engineering considerations
  • stakeholder education
  • citizen engagement
  • enforcement practices

The goals of litter prevention programs are to encourage appropriate waste disposal behaviour and reduce costs to the tax supported budgets.

Litter containment

Litter containment on municipal properties will be managed by City staff by providing appropriate waste containers and disposal processes. These efforts are directed through service levels and budget parameters as approved annually by Council.

Litter containment on private properties is the responsibility of the property owner. it will be managed in accordance with applicable By-laws and regulations.

The goal of litter containment programs is to:

  • keep properties litter-free which encourage proper litter disposal behaviour.
  • provide opportunities for good environmental stewardship practices through waste diversion programs.

Litter removal

Litter removal on City property is managed by City staff. It is directed through service levels approved annually by Council. Litter removal is done by City staff and in partnership with citizen volunteers through City volunteer programs.

Litter removal on private properties is the responsibility of the property owner. It is managed in accordance with the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy goals and vision and applicable By-laws and regulations.

The goal of litter removal programs is to clean properties so they are litter-free, which encourages proper litter disposal behaviour.

Illegal dumping prevention

Illegal dumping prevention programs for City property will be managed by Public Works staff in collaboration with Municipal Law Enforcement and the Keep Hamilton Clean & Green Committee. Programs for City property will be provided within service levels and budget parameters as approved annually by Council.

Illegal dumping prevention programs for private properties will be managed by Municipal Law Enforcement staff in collaboration with Public Works staff, law enforcement agencies and the Keep Hamilton Clean & Green Committee.

Programs may include:

  • design and engineering considerations
  • stakeholder education and enforcement practices

The goals of illegal dumping prevention programs are:

  • to encourage appropriate waste disposal behaviour.
  • reduce remediation costs to the tax supported budgets.

Illegal dumping remediation

Dumping remediation on City property is managed by Public Works staff. Departmental budgets for illegal dumping remediation are approved annually by Council. Illegal dumping remediation is done by City staff and in partnership with citizen volunteers through City-managed volunteer programs.

Dumping remediation on private properties is the responsility of the property owner. It is managed in accordance with the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy and applicable By-laws and regulations.

The goal of illegal dumping remediation programs is to clean properties so they are litter-free, which encourages proper waste disposal behaviour.

Graffiti prevention

Graffiti prevention programs for City property are managed by Public Works staff in collaboration with stakeholder departments and Hamilton Police Service. Graffiti prevention programs will be aligned with the City’s graffiti management strategy.

Program tools may include:

  • public art initiatives
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • design and engineering considerations
  • stakeholder education
  • enforcement

The goal of graffiti prevention programs for City property is to encourage appropriate activity and reduce remediation costs to the tax supported budgets.

The goal of graffiti prevention programs for private properties is to encourage appropriate legal behaviour on private property.

Graffiti remediation

Graffiti remediation on City property is managed by City staff. It is directed through maintenance service levels approved annually by Council.

Graffiti remediation on private properties is the responsibility of the property owner. It is managed in accordance with the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy and applicable By-laws and regulations.

Graffiti remediation is done using City staff, approved contractors or in partnership with citizen volunteers through City-managed volunteer programs. The goal of graffiti remediation programs is to restore properties to a graffiti-free state through rapid removal which can discourage help discourage more graffiti.

Beautifcation programs

Beautification programs for City property will be managed by Public Works staff in collaboration with the Tourism and Culture division of Planning and Economic Development and in accordance with the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy.

Beautification programs for private properties will be coordinated by the Keep Hamilton Clean & Green Committee or through existing horticultural societies or program groups such as the Trillium Awards committee.

Plant and tree stock and services will be provided by the Public Works Department for City property within established service levels approved annually by Council. Public art initiatives will be managed by the Culture section.

Municipal beautification programs enhance streetscapes, parks, facilities and other municipal properties. Beautification activities are completed by City staff or in partnership with citizen volunteers through City-managed volunteer programs. Municipal beautification programs can be supported through sponsorships or partnerships with the private sector or community organizations.

The goals of beautification programs for City property are to;

  • enhance the aesthetics and ecological integrity of the City.
  • enhance population health and wellness.
  • help offset beautification costs to the tax supported budgets.

Programs will be managed in accordance with the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy and with relevant funding programs, By-laws and regulations. Beautification programs on private properties will enhance property, buildings and structures with the goals of enhancing the aesthetics and ecological integrity of the neighbourhood and enhance neighbourhood health, wellness and prosperity.

Environmental stewardship – City-owned property

Environmental stewardship programs for City property will be managed by Public Works staff in accordance with the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy and Vision 2020’s principle of maintenance of ecological integrity.

Programs may include policies and protocols to:

  • increase the urban forest canopy
  • enhance habitat and protect native plant, animal and fish species
  • manage invasive plant, animal and fish species
  • enhance and protect ecosystems

Environmental stewardship activities are done by City staff or in partnership with citizen volunteers through City-managed volunteer programs. Municipal environmental stewardship programs can be supported through sponsorships or partnerships with private sector or community organizations.

The goals of environmental stewardship programs for City property are to encourage ecological integrity and minimize human impact on natural habitats and ecosystems.

Environmental stewardship – private properties

Environmental stewardship programs for private properties will be managed by the respective property owners – such as conservation authorities, commercial, or private property owners – or through recognized local environmental interest groups such as Environment Hamilton, Green Venture or Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association (HIEA) in accordance with the Clean & Green Hamilton Strategy and Vision 2020’s principle of maintenance of ecological integrity.

Program elements may include:

  • initiatives for the habitat enhancement and protection of native plant, animal and fish species (natural heritage)
  • the management of invasive plant, animal and fish species
  • enhancement and protection of ecosystems on private property.

Environmental stewardship activities on commercial, industrial and institutional properties can be achieved through corporate social responsibility programs and through the engagement of employees and volunteers.

The goals of environmental stewardship programs for private properties are to encourage ecological integrity and minimize human impact on natural habitats and ecosystems on private properties.