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Saturday: Petrie Island plastic pollution cleanup

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup celebrates Coastal Cleanup Day with hundreds of volunteers at events across the country

/EIN News/ -- Ottawa, Sept. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energetic volunteers will tackle plastic pollution as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup celebrates its 25th season on International Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, Sept. 15, with events across the country, including at Petrie Island in Ottawa. 


The Shoreline Cleanup program, a partnership of Ocean Wise® and World Wildlife Fund Canada, is Canada’s largest volunteer-powered conservation program. Over the last quarter century, Shoreline Cleanup participants have cleaned almost 34,000 kilometres of shoreline and picked up more than 1.2 million kilograms of litter, preventing it from entering the water where it can harm wildlife and break up into microplastics that can enter the food stream.  

Media are invited to attend.   

What: Shoreline cleanup with conservation activities. Volunteers will also be able to assist in removing invasive species and wrapping trees for beaver protection.  


When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 

  • 9:30 a.m.: Registration opens 
  • 10 a.m.: Cleanup begins 
  • 11:30 a.m.: Closing remarks, results reporting and prizes  


Where: Petrie Island Park, Ottawa  

  • The area is part public beach and part protected wetlands 
  • Look for tents on the west side of the parking area 



  • Catherine Paquette, freshwater specialist, WWF-Canada 
  • Students from Algonquin College, participating in WWF’s Living Planet @ Campus program.  


Other events are planned for Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. 

Shoreline Cleanup is grateful for the support of its sponsors, including Loblaw Companies Limited and Coca-Cola Ltd. as the presenting sponsors and OLG as a provincial sponsor. 


About the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited and Coca Cola, is one of the largest direct-action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation initiative of Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups.﷟  


About WWF-Canada 

WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. 

Emily Vandermeer

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