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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Join the Zero Waste Movement and Help Our Shorelines! Be part of the Solution.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up is already underway; the first clean-up in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District already happened yesterday around the Squamish Estuary and beaches near the terminal.  But fear not if you did not participate in that clean-up event.  There are many more in our region and if you do not see one listed for your area, you can set one up with your class, school or community.  Check out this website under the Take Action Tab and you can find a clean-up or set one up:

This is the 20th Anniversary of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up, an event that people from all over our country participate in.  Any shoreline counts, such as a lake shore, riverbanks, estuary, ocean, etc...  The event officially runs from Sunday, September 21-29, 2013.  Pitch in and help to clean-up our beautiful Canadian Shorelines!

Here is some interesting information taken from the website:

Facts & Figures

It is only through our dedicated site coordinators, volunteers and supporters that the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup can work to tackle shoreline litter and aquatic debris to help protect our shorelines. Take a look at what we’ve achieved to date.

Past Clean-ups: Total Results per Year

YearRegistered SitesDistance Cleaned (km)Garbage bagsWeight (kg)*Registrants
20121,8153,10212,895 136,03657,442
20111,6653,14411,794  143,73756,293
20101,2192,23511,989  98,07147,027
20071,2401,77213,473  87,48952,263
2006   9651,640  8,867  84,73540,781
2005   8121,47710,383  78,35636,798
2004   6581,147  9,319  64,98830,676
2003   477   771  5,438  49,85920,015
*Note weights are based on participants’ estimates only

Canada’s Dirty Dozen List For 2012

2012 RankItemNumber of Items Collected
1Cigarettes/Cigarette Filters  416,955                     
2Food Wrappers/Containers    98,835                     
3Bags (Plastic)    69,790                     
4Caps, Lids    69,725                     
5Beverage Bottles (plastic) 2 liters or less     38,202                     
6Beverage Cans     37,210                     
7Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons    34,458                     
8Straws, Stirrers     32,338                     
9Beverage Bottles (glass)    29,198                     
10Bags (paper)    28,315                     
11Tobacco Packaging    16,997                     
12Building Materials    16,280                     

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