Found on our shorelines: umbrellas, tractor tires, fishing gear, cigarette butts and more!
This past weekend, thousands of volunteers across Canada took to their local beaches, lakes, rivers, streams and oceans for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited. WWF and Vancouver Aquarium hosted six celebration events across the country in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s, all contributing to the International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest cleanup. We saw hundreds of volunteers, staff members, and our partners who all came out for a morning of fun in the sun.
We are in the process of adding up all the hundreds of bags of garbage collected across the country over the weekend but here’s a quick snapshot.
Vancouver: Iona Beach Regional Park
- 262 people attended including B.C. Minister of the Environment, Mary Polak
- 623 kg of litter found
- Items found: plastic dinosaur, plastic piggy bank, construction material
Toronto: Woodbine Beach Park
- 160 people attended
- 38 bags of garbage and 44 bags of recycling collected
- 2.75 kg of cigarette butts found
- Items found: beach umbrella, puzzle pieces, toy shovel
Ottawa: Parliament Hill Shoreline, Ottawa River
- 55 people attended
- 20 bags of garbage collected
- Items found: fishing rod, tackle box, Styrofoam
Montreal: Verdun Auditorium
- 85 people attended
- 31 bags of garbage and 9 bags of recycling collected
- Items found: rubber shoe, tires, glass bottles
Halifax: Point Pleasant Park
- 195 people attended
- 136 kg of garbage and 20 kg of recycling collected
- Items found: fishing gear, cigarette butts, bottle caps, tractor tire, fencing
St. John’s: St. Philip’s Shoreline
- 28 people attended
- 10 bags of garbage filled
- 28 kg of garbage total
- Items found: office chair leg, straws, cigar tips
Other cleanups organized by local site coordinators also took place all around Canada this weekend and will continue to happen through the end of October. So far, we have over 50,869 people and 1,732 sites registered for the fall and spring cleanups. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup runs until October 31st, so there’s plenty of time left to organize your own!
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited is a joint conservation initiative led by the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF. For more information, please visit www.ShorelineCleanup.ca.