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Shoreline Litter Affects Everyone!

Friends of Guild Park and Gardens (Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup) and A Greener Future (Love Your Lake) coordinate shoreline cleanups along Guildwood’s Lake Ontario shoreline.  To date (January 2017), 956 kg (2,103 lb) of litter have been removed.

 

Commonly found items

2013-15

2016

2017

Totals

Bottle caps (plastic and metal)

2,468

5,672

489

8,629

Beverage containers

723

2,645

263

3,631

Straws and stirrers

444

2,487

241

3,172

Food wrappers

446

1,819

123

2,388

Cigarette butts

368

1,907

70

2,345

Cups and plates (paper, plastic, foam)

286

814

65

1,165

Cigar tips

198

699

149

1,046

Forks, spoons, and knives

197

639

30

866

Lids

152

635

72

859

Plastic and paper bags

223

449

26

698

Construction materials

270

407

9

686

Paper

172

487

11

670

Toys

143

348

34

525

Lighters

90

235

23

348

Pens

22

289

31

342

Balloons

26

255

15

296

Tobacco packaging and wrap

31

165

17

213

Takeout containers

64

105

7

176

Fireworks

75

86

0

161

Bags dog waste

0

66

40

106

 

Tiny trash - less than 2.5 cm (1 inch)

2013-15

2016

2017

Totals

Pieces of foam

690

1,731

46

2,467

Pieces of glass

1,280

3,720

181

5,181

Pieces of plastic

5,266

13,759

465

19,490

Nurdles (plastic pieces < 5 mm)

0

3,737

37

3,774

Big trash – greater than 2.5 cm (1 inch)

2013-15

2016

2017

Totals

Pieces of foam

74

1,319

69

1,462

Pieces of glass

0

711

84

795

Pieces of plastic

329

7,535

843

8,707

For more information:  Visit A Greener Future  and Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 

                                 


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