The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
October 2, 2013
On Friday, September 27th, Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
As part of this year’s event, WAA volunteered to clean up a portion of Omand’s Creek along Empress Avenue. From 1.25 km of creek shoreline, WAA staff volunteers removed 19 bags of garbage and 11 bags of recycling from Omand's Creek. This totaled 106 kg of waste and recycling! Items collected varied from typical litter like pop cans, food wrappers and newspaper, to more unusual items such as an electric frying pan, a semi-truck mud flap, and a makeshift Halloween tombstone.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup was started in 1994 by a small group of employees at the Vancouver Aquarium that decided to clean up a local beach in Stanley Park to help protect the city’s shorelines. Now entering its 20th year, the annual cleanup is recognized as one of the largest direct action conservation programs, as well as the most significant contributor to the International Coastal Cleanup in Canada. It has expanded to included sponsors, donors, and partners, such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Shoreline litter can have long term impacts on ecosystems, wildlife and people, where removing it can help make aquatic ecosystems cleaner, healthier and safer for all living things. Over the years, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has helped remove approximately 1.2 million kilograms of shoreline litter – the approximate weight of 259 school buses! In 2012, over 57,000 people volunteered in the national event. In Manitoba alone, a total of 4,075 kg of waste was collected from 27 sites across the province.
Being a responsible community member is part of WAA’s mission, and events like this one help us in achieving this goal.