Our Story

Like many community groups, TrashTalk began simply as a person who took the initiative to act. It all began near February of 2019, when TrashTalk Montreal founder Lucas Hygate fell upon a series of reddit posts about an idea called “#TrashTag”   these threads were pictures of people who cleaned up an area filled with trash, with a before and after picture.

These community threads inspired people to help their community clean by picking up litter, with the goal of preserving nature’s beauty. It was here that Lucas’ idea of “TrashTalk” began to form. With newfound inspiration, Lucas gathered as many like-minded people he knew and decided to act. TrashTalk Montreal has since furthered it’s commitment to cleaning up waste in our communities, and aims to continue that commitment in the future.

The first TrashTalk cleanup
Pictured: Nicholas Tsibanolis, Lucas Hygate

The Team

Lucas Hygate

Lucas Hygate is the founder, CEO and Chairman of the board for TrashTalk. One day in April 2019, Lucas decided to use his entrepreneurial skills to create this non-profit organization built to inspire younger generations to be more environmentally friendly.

 

Ever since that day, Lucas has brought TrashTalk to new heights thanks to his marketing and spokesperson skills.

Kayleigh Tooke

Kayleigh Tooke is the Co-Founder and Community Liaison of the board for TrashTalk. Her hard work and dedication ensure that TrashTalk is well respected within local community circles.

 

Her organizational and administrative skills have made her an important pillar for programs like the CCFP that have gained TrashTalk respect amongst our local communities.

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Nicolas Vyncke

Nicolas Vyncke is the COO of the board of TrashTalk. His constant dedication towards the team is one of the driving forces behind our community impact.

 

Nic’s people skills and Communications studies aspirations make him perfect for overseeing communicative affairs and relations at TrashTalk. Lastly, Nic has a deep passion and talent for photography, videography and digital art. TrashTalk’s social media is executively produced by him.

Malcolm Adamson

Malcolm Adamson is a Director on the TrashTalk board. He is responsible for the artistic side of TrashTalk. His aspirations for philosophy and painting have granted him a mind fit for bringing constructive and innovative artistic ventures to life.

 

His talent for writing has made him an important factor in proofreading and verifying every piece of writing that you see on TrashTalk social media.

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Angad Maholtra

Angad Malhotra is the secretary of the TrashTalk board and is responsible for making sure that all of our affairs are in order.

 

Thanks to his computer engineering proficiencies, Angad is responsible for bringing our website up to standards as well as maintaining all of our servers and other I.T. tasks.

Julian Zandrozny

Julian Zadrozny is a financial advisor to the board of TrashTalk. Thanks to his financial competencies, Julian has overseen the creation of various TrashTalk budgets side-by-side our CFO.

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Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera is the CFO of the TrashTalk board. His job is to ensure that all our bookkeeping and financial affairs are in order at all times.

Thanks to an accounting background, Diego is the perfect overseer of the financials of TrashTalk.

Siddarth Venkatesh

Siddarth is a director of the TrashTalk board. He is responsible for ensuring that all our decisions and ventures are made with the highest degree of sustainability and environmental responsibility in mind. With a degree in Ecology, this makes him the perfect candidate to advise us on sustainable affairs.

FAQ

We're a registered non-profit with a dedicated team of young artists, and community activists, committed to helping promote a positive and simple change in how we manage our relationship with the environment.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between environmentalism and popular culture.

We're a youth built, community ran organization based in the Montreal-West-Island area. We all strive to making a difference through action over words.

We host bi-weekly community clean up events where anyone is free to join us for an afternoon of picking up trash and partaking in art events. Event Details can be found on our facebook page.

Our belief in positive psychology has helped to change our relationship with waste and the environment. By hosting clean up events, producing artworks and creating social media campaigns, we are raising awareness towards how simple helping the environment can be.

By working with local artists, we are able to transform the waste we collect into meaningful artworks. Our artwork is made with 100% recycled materials, providing a visual example of what can be achieved when one dedicates themselves to positive action.

Every dollar you donate translates into another pound of trash removed from our streets. It's with the donations from our patrons that we can continue to make an impact in our community.

Since our clean up events often involve spending time outdoors while removing garbage, we encourage that all of our volunteers wear appropriate clothing. Garbage bags and gloves are provided. Additionally, you are free to bring your own equipment.

A clean up event typically lasts between 4-6 hours. Volunteers are free to come by whenever and stay for as long as they please.

Volunteers are encouraged to carpool  to these events. We will also offer a shuttle system that will pick up people from determined locations on the way to the clean up events.

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