How to Organize a Shoreline Cleanup: A Quick Start Guide for Your Park

August 10, 2017

Brianna Aspinall

Since 1994, there have been 19,400 cleanups that have collected more than 1.2 million kg of trash across Canada’s shorelines.

Organizing a shoreline cleanup is an easy first event for a park group, and many long-term groups do cleanups every year.  Your shoreline cleanup won’t just reduce pollution that reaches our lakes and oceans – it will also help you build relationships and foster community pride. Also, you’ll help raise awareness of the major sources of litter in your community by keeping a record of what you collect. By leading cleanups, you can be part of the solution.

Last year more than 35,000 tiny plastic pieces and 38,000 plastic bags were collected across Canada, which shows our connection to the global issue of plastic pollution.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a nationwide conservation initiative supported by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada. They offer support to anyone who would like to coordinate a shoreline cleanup, including free promotional templates, guides, checklists, profile and national litter data tracking.

What if my park is not on a lake or a river?

If your park connects with water in any way (including creeks, streams, marshes and even storm drains!) then you’ve got a shoreline and you can take part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Here are some tips from the Shoreline Cleanup to get you started:

Before the Cleanup:

During the Cleanup:

After the Cleanup:

 

For more details on how to lead a cleanup in your community park as Site Coordinator, and for other great resources visit shorelinecleanup.ca/cleanups/getinvolved. Sign up for their e-newsletter here.

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