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The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shorelines through cleanups.
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A Shoreline Cleanup for Every Team

To celebrate the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup's 25th season, take on shoreline litter with special monthly challenges.

For its 25-year anniversary, the Great Canadian Shoreline is celebrating with a special monthly Cleanup Challenge. This spring, summer and fall, we’ll challenge different teams to lead the way for shorelines. From schools and students, communities and co-workers, we’re looking forward to the amazing work done by diverse cleanup teams across Canada. Sound like fun? […]

Posted on May 1, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Giving New Life to Litter

Meet the new shoreline litter drop-off site at Ocean Wise's Vancouver Aquarium.

In honour of Earth Day, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Ocean Legacy are launching a new shoreline litter drop-off location at Ocean Wise’s Vancouver Aquarium.  Not only will this new drop-off location keep trash off shorelines but out of landfills, too. By dropping off cleanup items they collect, volunteers take their  cleanup one step […]

Posted on April 22, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
A Quarter Century of Cleanups

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is 25 years old  —  time to celebrate!

In 1994, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup began with a humble act. Vancouver Aquarium employees and volunteers decided to clean a beach in Stanley Park to protect wildlife in their own backyard. Since then, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada, has logged over 791,500 volunteers cleaning their ocean, lake, river, […]

Posted on April 17, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
A Crest for a Shoreline Cleanup

Over 100,000 cleanup crests and counting for the Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada.

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of youth have participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup?  Across Canada, many fantastic youth teams take part, including two national youth-service agencies Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada. If you were a scout or a guide, you might remember receiving a crest for taking part in an […]

Posted on April 12, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
What Exactly is Plogging?

Take multi-tasking to the extreme with squatting, running and cleaning the environment.

Call us trend followers, but as soon as we here at the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup heard about plogging, we immediately jumped on board. The new fitness craze, started in Sweden, combines picking up litter with jogging. Hence: plogging. It can be done solo or with a team of friends and colleagues. It’s all about […]

Posted on March 27, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Shoreline Spotlight: A Monstrous Clean

Allow us to introduce you to Alan Roy. He’s been leading shoreline cleanups for more than 20 years in Toronto. Last year, he introduced his volunteers to a brand new clean-up mascot: the Tyrannosaurus Rex, now a common feature on his clean-up posters. As he prepares for the 26th anniversary of his popular Colonel Samuel […]

Posted on March 19, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Plastics Top Our Shoreline Litter List

Tiny plastic and foam fragments topped the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list, which reports on the types of litter most commonly found on Canada’s marine and freshwater shores. More than 330,000 tiny pieces of plastic and foam debris were collected by Shoreline Cleanup volunteers – from 1,849 cleanups that covered nearly 3,000 […]

Posted on February 22, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Shoreline Spotlight: Instagrammable Beach Trash

Working as a kayak guide in Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia, Jennifer MacLatchy began to collect marine debris she came across while paddling. Surprised by the amount of litter she collected, Jennifer used her artistic background to document the finds and post them to social media. Three years later, she’s amassed hundreds of beach-trash photos on Instagram, […]

Posted on February 9, 2018 3 min read Continue reading

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