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Shoreline Clean-ups

Upcoming Clean-ups:

About Ocean Wise Shoreline Cleanup

Ocean Wise shoreline clean-up  individuals and groups across Canada to minimize plastic and garbage pollution on shorelines and in communities. Data collected from a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup contributes to the worlds largest international coastal cleanup initiative, headed by The Ocean Conservancy. The goal of this initiative is to remove and analyze trash to better understand common garbage types and where they are sourced from. Having that data available and public will help hold corporations and consumers accountable. Additionally, GCSC hopes that engaging people with the environment in a positive way will ignite a passion to protect these natural spaces in the future. Click the logo below to visit their website for educational resources, current data and more information.


Lead a Small Cleanup: HERE

General Guide to a Safe Cleanup

We can still make a difference while adhering to public health guidelines! During your clean-up the Coastal Centre encourages you to follow these general rules:


  • Short clean-ups (E.g. during lunch breaks, during walks)

  • Scope out your cleanup area and choose a time of day that will not be crowded

  • Protect yourself by bringing a mask, hand sanitizer, and gloves

  • Sanitize your gear after

  • Ensure your cleanup site is open to the public under provincial guidelines

Safe cleanup check list: HERE

Upcoming Cleanups

Past Clean-up Results:






Pounds of Garbage


Every year, we host or participate in beach and shoreline clean-ups across Lake Huron's coastline to reduce litter on the shore and raise awareness of the issues facing our coastal environments.

Our coastal communities are becoming more aware of the litter produced and washing out of the lake. This is a problem that affects the health and wellness of our coastal ecosystems and the people who live on and visit these areas.

Let's work together to keep our communities beautiful!

"It's not our garbage, but it's our planet"

Why We Clean-up

Why do we need shoreline clean-ups?

Did you know, Scientific estimates that certain parts of the Great Lakes contain more than 500,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre.


Plastic pollution comes in all forms and sizes;


Big items: 

  • vehicle tires,

  • laundry jugs.


Smaller items: 

  • toothbrushes,

  • food packaging,

  • pens, 

  • straws, 

  • micro and mesoplastics.


This harms the environment, threatens human health and safety, causes communities to lose money and most of all, it looks bad.

How do you do a beach clean-up?

Is your community interested in doing a shoreline clean-up in 2020?

Get in touch with us!

Email us at

to get the ball rolling.

We want to expand the shorelines we clean up every year, and we need your help!


1) Choose a clean-up site

2) Get a team together

3) Select a date

4) Do the clean-up!

5) Report your findings to the Great       

    Canadian Shoreline Clean-up


Want to do your own mini-community clean-up? Here are some resources to help you get started! Record what you find on the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Data Card and submit it to their website to help them track all the cleanups in Canada. Every little bit helps!

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Beach Cleanups are Proudly Sponsored By:

Past Results
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