Clean up your shoreline
From rubber duckies to plastic straws, everything we throw away ends up somewhere. If it doesn’t make it to a landfill (where all your garbage goes), it will find its way to waterways like rivers, lakes and oceans. It really doesn’t belong there — animals can mistake that junk for food and they can get tangled up in it too. Want to help these animals? One of the ways you can make Canada’s waterways a clean and comfortable place to live for the animals that live there, is by doing your very own shoreline cleanup. What You’ll Need
A body of water. Choose a lake, river, stream or ocean shoreline that you’d like to clean up. If the waterway is big, decide on a smaller area you want to tidy up.
A date. Pick a time for your shoreline cleanup so you can let people know when the fun will begin.
Volunteers. You’ll need some help to get the job done. Make sure you’ve got a lot of adults with you. They will want to be by your side in case you see dangerous things like broken glass or sharp metal that can hurt you. Make sure you DON’T touch those things. Let an adult take care of those.
Closed toe shoes and thick fabric gloves. These will protect your hands and feet.
Sunscreen. Don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun!
Water (in case you get thirsty).
A first aid kit. Make an adult in charge of the first aid kit.
Garbage bags and recycle bags.
What to Look For
Cups and Lids
Forks, Knives and Spoons
Plastic Bottle Caps
Straws and Stirrers