Programs | Shoreline Clean-ups

Upcoming Clean-ups:



When can you Join us?!


How many clean-ups have we done in the past? And how much garbage have we removed?

Why do we 


Why is plastic pollution and beach litter bad for the environment?

How to do it!

Put on your own community clean-up, or learn how you can get involved!








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;


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

Get Involved

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Getting involved is easy!!

  •  Contact the Coastal Centre to find out

    • If there is already a Beach Clean Up organized for your community. 

    • If there is not site coordinate a Beach Clean Up.

Staff at the Coastal Centre are available to assist the Site Coordinator with all of these tasks.


If there is already a clean-up scheduled:    

  • organize another clean-up during a different season​​


  • you may wish to become a volunteer for the clean-up.


Please contact the Coastal Centre and we can work together to coordinate a clean-up event in your area.


Additional information is available at or by phoning 1-877-427-2422.



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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The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

76 Courthouse Square, Goderich, Ontario, Canada N7A 1M6

Coastal Centre Office: (226) 421-3029 | Email:

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