On Friday, at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park, kindergarten students from Mrs. MacPherson’s class at False Creek School joined in an inaugural shoreline cleanup to welcome a new partner to our Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited.
Ricoh Canada, an international leader in the document management and image communication industry, was welcomed as a national partner to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, an initiative of Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada.
Now in its 22nd year, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup enlists more than 54,000 volunteers annually for one of the largest direct-action conservation programs in the country, picking up litter from shorelines before it can get reach our waterways.
Joining the program was a natural fit for Ricoh Canada. “Ricoh is an industry leader when it comes to environmental and sustainability practices,” said Glenn Laverty, president & CEO of Ricoh Canada Inc. “Our commitments span the full range of green manufacturing principals, right through to a product’s end of life where programs such as zero-to-landfill have real benefits to the environment. We’re very pleased to expand those commitments to include support of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, and to put our collective shoulder into helping keep Canada’s waters healthy for everyone.”
As well as a three-year partnership, Ricoh employees will participate in quarterly shoreline cleanups, removing trash, litter and debris from vulnerable shoreline environments in their own communities.
“Our new national partner Ricoh Canada will help bring the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to even more communities across Canada,” said Susan Debreceni, program manager, Vancouver Aquarium and WWF’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. “Support like this allows us to clean up shorelines in every province, along every kind of waterway, from streams and rivers to lakes, estuaries and oceans, all across Canada.”
With sunny skies and temperatures hovering around eight degrees, Ricoh Canada, Aquarium staff and WWF Canada members together with the kindergarten students picked up nine pounds of trash including plastic water bottles, styrofoam and flip flops.
With thousands of kilometres of coastline and numerous rivers, lakes and waterways, keeping Canada’s shorelines clean is no easy task. Aquatic debris is one of the biggest threats facing our waterways today – it impacts ecosystems, animals and people from coast to coast.
Add cleaning up a local shoreline to your list of New Year’s resolutions and register for a shoreline cleanup in your hometown. Registration opens March 1, 2015. Visit ShorelineCleanup.ca to find out how you can help keep Canada’s waterways free of shoreline debris.