Since September 2013, shoreline cleanups along Guildwood’s Lake Ontario shoreline held by Friends of Guild Park and A Greener Future (Love Your Lake Project) have removed 1,715 kg (more than 1.5 tonnes!) of litter and over 117,000 items.
What would this 1,715 kg of trash look like? Imagine about 300 bags (67-litre size bags) filled with garbage or recycling piled in a mound covering an area about 5 m x 4 m (16' x 13'). Then throw on top a shopping cart basket, a bike, 25 tires, a bike tire, some fencing, a dozen or so tubs/buckets, a milk crate, 2 fire extinguishers, a plastic stepping stool, a pylon, a grill, a few hundred pieces of rusty metal, and several hundred pieces of rusty rebar.
A joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, the Shoreline Cleanup is about removing shoreline litter to help create healthy waters for everyone, including the wildlife and communities that depend on them.