Every month, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup leads a backyard cleanup at the Toronto and Vancouver offices. Obviously, these cleanups look very different depending on where they happen. In Toronto, the team is based out of the Centre for Social Innovation’s Annex building in a vibrant, west-end university neighbourhood.
In Vancouver, the office is located in Stanley Park: a popular tourist destination lined with shorelines and backgrounded by mountains. In 2015, the Vancouver team started monthly cleanups in Stanley Park: a perfect spot to hold an afternoon clean. Toronto had a later start, beginning regular cleanups during the spring of 2017. At first, Toronto was a bit challenging to find a typical shoreline in a city-scape surrounded by streets, storm drains and alleyways. That is until we remembered that a shoreline is anywhere land connects to water.
So, from east to west, who cleaned shorelines best? Actually, that’s a trick question. Any cleanup is a great cleanup. It doesn’t matter how far you clean, how many volunteers join or how many kilograms of litter you remove. What matters is that you got outside, rallied your friends and showed your shoreline, wherever that might be, that you care.
East vs. West: Cleanup Results
|Volunteers helping hands||18||175|
|Weight removed||35 kg||134 kg|
|Top three litter items||· Cigarette butts
· Food Wrappers
· Tiny plastics & foam
|· Tiny plastic or foam
· Cigarette butts
· Food wrappers
|Unusual Finds||· Costume hat
· Broken umbrella
· A nice dress
· Boxing gloves (still in their original packaging and gifted to the friend of a volunteer)
|· A whole pear in a narrow mouth bottle
· GPS unit for a boat
· Star Wars spaceship toy
Successful cleanups lead to cleaner shorelines and a community engaged in helping protect our rivers, lakes and oceans. You can take action any time of the year. Lead a shoreline cleanup near you by selecting a shoreline at www.ShorelineCleanup.ca
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. Find out more at www.shorelinecleanup.ca.