Become a Clean Shoreline Community

Join municipalities across Canada who are addressing issues of waste and plastic pollution, and helping keep litter out of nature. 

The Clean Shoreline Community designation is awarded to municipalities across Canada who work with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to address the issues of litter and plastic pollution in their communities.
The designation provides a framework for municipalities to establish themselves as leaders and align with federal legislation on waste and plastic pollution. Any Canadian municipality - regardless of geographic location or size - can receive the designation. Whether they are already actively addressing or are seeking solutions to the important issue of shoreline litter and plastic pollution in their community. 

Why should your municipality become designated? 

Litter data specific to your area, to help inform you on a local basis how your municipality can reduce the amount of debris from the environment. Get access to the litter data collected through Ocean Wise Shoreline Cleanup.

Build capacity and engage your citizens in issues of waste and plastic pollution in your communities. Succeed in getting more citizens to steward their parks and shorelines throughout the year.

Equip yourself with the educational tools needed to take an important step, or further your progress, to address issues of litter and plastic pollution in your community.

What are the issues?

  • Litter is a critical issue facing all of Canada's waterways in communities across the country, from lakes and rivers to every ocean coastline. Communities can be part of the solution.
  • Plastics are ubiquitous, they appear even in the most remote regions. All major ocean basins are contaminated with plastic debris; 80% of which derives from land-based sources. Litter can be transported long distances via wind, water and wildlife.
  • 1/3 of plastics produced worldwide are single-use products (e.g. straws, coffee cups, plastic food wrappers etc.), many of which are not recyclable.
  • Plastics to not biodegrade in the environment, instead they photodegrade into smaller pieces (eventually becoming microplastics).
  • Litter can have negative impacts on wildlife and ecosystems, including ingestion or entanglement, environmental toxicity due to harmful chemicals in plastics. 

Why municipalities?

It is an opportune time for municipalities to establish themselves as leaders in the fight against plastic pollution. In Canada, waste management operations are the responsibility of municipal government. In recent years, there have been significant policy innovations in waste management and plastic pollution in Canada which call on municipalities to take action, including:

Contact us to find out more about becoming a designated Clean Shoreline Community. 

Local residents and businesses take great pride in keeping our city and coastlines clean for the people and wildlife who enjoy and depend on them. By becoming a Clean Shoreline Community, we're able to boost volunteers’ efforts in keeping our many kilometres of shoreline healthy and pristine.
Gregor Robertson, former Mayor (2018) - Vancouver BC