This year’s Shoreline Cleanup takes place at Bluffer’s Park which is a beautiful sandy beach and park in Scarborough. Compared to the rest of Scarborough, it is hard to find anything like the Bluffs. Once you are there and hiking among the rocks and trees, it feels like you’re not even in Canada at all.
This was my second year participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. I think it’s so important to help our shores stay clean and free of garbage. I grew up knowing that it is wrong to litter and have always had a passion to helping Mother Nature out. Last year, I helped out by cleaning the shoreline of Woodbine Beach. It was a beautiful fall day and the sun was shining brightly with beautifully shaped clouds in the sky. We picked up a lot of garbage, with a baseball bat and a fake dog driver’s license as the memorable litter that we found. I loved it and ever since then was looking forward to the next year’s shoreline cleanup.
This year, I came prepared. I have a tool that is perfect for grabbing litter on the ground even while standing. Last year I wore gloves and crouched down to pick up every pop can, plastic wrapper, and cigarette butt, and it was the best workout for my butt since I was sore the next day from bending down so much. You will see my awesome extendable “arm” in this year’s group picture (it’s actually designed for seniors to pick up things they drop without having to bend). This is THE perfect tool to use when collecting garbage. I have actually used this before to collect garbage one time when I was cleaning up Too Good Pond. 🙂
This year, I found that there were less visible “big” pieces of garbage at the Bluffs. The most commonly found piece of litter was still the cigarette butts. A lot of the ones that I picked up were already decaying and faded in colour. Other than what looked like a big plastic tire protector and a beer bottle and some beer boxes, the litter was actually fewer than what was seen at Woodbine Beach. There was a clump of wet newspaper/flyers that was very tedious to pick up, but other than that, this year’s cleanup was relatively ease-free.
We used a new form this year to document the litter that we collected. It’s a much simpler and organized tally sheet than last year’s. 🙂
There were 17 of us, so we split up into groups of 4 to clean the shoreline. After about 2 hours, we assembled back into the group and grouped our litter together.
Once again, I am looking forward to next year’s Shoreline Cleanup. I hope someone will be able to organize it again. Also, if any friend of mine who is reading this wants to pick up garbage with me at a local park in Toronto, please don’t hesitate to contact me! It’s a personal pastime of mine to pick up garbage and clean parks. I’ve done it once before at Too Good Pond and would love to tackle more locations. I know, I know, it’s not something that everyone likes to do, but if you’re up for it, me and my extendable garbage collector-arm are ready! 😀