Celebrate Schoolyard Cleanup Month

Let’s roll up our sleeves and help protect wildlife

June 1 to June 30, 2017

Canada is among the world’s most water wealthy nations. Home to the world’s longest coastline and one fifth of the earth’s freshwater, we’re incredibly fortunate to have this abundance of ocean coast, lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, but we need to protect it.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw, is a joint conservation initiative between the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada. Since 2004, hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, workplaces and community groups have rolled up their sleeves for nature to prevent more than 1.2 million kilograms of litter from entering the aquatic habitats wildlife call home.

This June, we are calling on students, educators and schools from coast to coast to coast to help protect fish, turtles, birds and other wildlife living near your shore. Be part of the solution by joining in our national Schoolyard Cleanup. Let’s stop litter in its tracks, before it has a chance to get into the water. It's a great way to welcome summer or celebrate another successful school year.

Together, let’s show how Canadian students can make a difference.

12 Most Commonly Found Items from Cleanups in 2016

16,887
construction materials
17,819
plastic lids
16,860
plastic grocery bags
18,285
metal bottle caps
21,282
other plastic bags
25,612
straws and stirrers
35,005
other plastic and foam
25,045
beverage cans
31,541
plastic beverage bottles
42,997
plastic bottle caps
79,339
food wrappers
445,915
cigarette butts

How to host your own schoolyard cleanup

Downloadable resources

Why clean up?

  • Home to the world’s longest coastline and one fifth of the Earth’s freshwater, Canada is rich with thousands of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands.– Together, we can keep aquatic ecosystems healthy and safe for all living things.
  • More than 80 per cent of shoreline litter starts out on land. That’s because garbage gets transported by wind and water and finds its way into our lakes and oceans.
  • Entanglement in packaging and ingestion of plastic and cigarette butts are serious threats to wildlife.
  • We need global action like cleanups. It is estimated that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will exceed the number of fish.
  • Be a citizen scientist! The litter data from your schoolyard cleanup goes to an international scientific database – your local efforts have global impacts!
  • Students can earn volunteer hours with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup's Schoolyard Cleanup!