Clean up your shore­line

Wild - - CONTENTS - Il­lus­tra­tion by Ash­ley Bar­ron

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

Plas­tic Bot­tles

Food Wrap­pers

Cups and Lids

Forks, Knives and Spoons


Plas­tic Bot­tle Caps

Pa­per Ma­te­ri­als

Plas­tic Bags

Straws and Stir­rers

Foam Ma­te­rial

Bev­er­age Cans



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