Programs | Shoreline Clean-ups
2020 Lake Huron Shoreline Cleanup Key Sponsor:
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Due to provincial COVID-19 restrictions the Coastal Centre is encouraging small group and individual clean-ups until it is safe to gather is larger groups. For example, a 2 minute cleanup on a lunch break or during a morning walk. If you don't live near a beach, no worries! Cleanup a side walk, country road, wetland area, forest trail, or community park. You can even lead a private clean-up when registering on the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup website.
About Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (GCSC) is a conservation initiative in partnership with Ocean Wise and World Wildlife Fund. They work with 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
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 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;
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