Shoreline Cleanup 2014

Shoreline Cleanup 2014
Peter Raab

Shoreline Cleanup 2014

Every year thousands of Canadians come together and help clean up the dirty shores of our country, and from September 20-28th it’s National Cleanup Week.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in the country. Over its 20-year history, more than 500,000 volunteers have cleaned roughly 21,775 km of shorelines, the equivalent length of crossing Canada three times end to end, and collection approximately 1.2 million kg of shoreline litter, the approximate weight of 259 school buses.

The whole project started in 1994 when a group of employees and volunteers from the Vancouver Aquarium decided to clean up a beach in Stanley Park to help keep the shorelines of Vancouver clean. Their actions quickly blossomed into a national program, from 20,000 volunteers in 2003 to just over 56,000 last year.

Last year in Vancouver there were 26,194 volunteers who helped clean 1,128 km of shorelines at over 700 different sites. Together they cleaned up over 66,000 kg of garbage. Last year alone, more than 38,000 food wrappers/containers and 3,202 six-pack beverage can rings were picked up along B.C.’s shorelines. 

National Cleanup Week is September 20-28th, and cleanups are taking place at your local beaches this weekend (Jericho Beach Park on Sept.20, and Spanish Banks West on Sept. 21).  Go to www.shorelinecleanup.ca for location details and information on how to get involved.