Clean Up Crew find a canoe made out of duct tape...

The 17th annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup heads to your community.

A national conservation program which encourages Canadians coast to coast to make a difference by removing litter from along local shorelines and thus protecting our oceans and waterways, is underway for the 17th year in a row.

This national conservation program began in 1994 with a handful of Vancouver Aquarium employees and volunteers who wanted to make an immediate effect on their local shorelines. 

In 2010, there are currently over 650 cleanup sites registered across Canada.

In 2009, nearly 57,000 Canadians registered to cleanup 1,568 sites across Canada. Nearly 161,000 kg of litter was removed from a cumulative distance of 2,500 km of shoreline, which is equivalent to the approximate driving distance from Vancouver to the Manitoba/Ontario border.

Some of the more unusual items found in the past include a message in a bottle (the message said, “Please don’t litter”), false teeth, a living room set, a canoe made out of duct tape, wedding dress, disco ball, a hotel safe, a toboggan, a mini trampoline and a clothesline complete with poles and pins.

Now in its 17th year, this year’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup takes place from September 18–26, 2010. For more information or to register please visit shorelinecleanup.ca