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Canada's Dirty Dozen List of Waste in the Water

Keeping up with the state of the World's lakes and oceans can be a troublesome journey; filled with concern, surprise, and an urge to do more. Every year millions of tonnes of plastic and other waste ends up in our Earth's waterways, lakes, and oceans. The effects of this pollution are forecasted to be detrimental not only to the ecosystems that it is disrupting but to human health and life as well.

If you have been following our blog or any of the tragic blog posts trending on social media you have probably come across one story or another surrounding sea turtles with straws up their snouts, birds with stomachs filled with plastic, or giant floating islands of trash making their way through the ocean waters. While it can be overwhelming to read the horrors of ocean pollution there are a number of amazing initiatives in place to protect the lakes, oceans, and species residing in them.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is an initiative that we have discovered and wanted to share with you. Committed to cleaning up the Canadian shoreline, the project allows citizens, groups, teams and business' to team up and tackle the problem of ocean pollution by hosting cleanups around the nation. Once a cleanup has taken place, the trash collected is organized and documented to give everyone an idea of the most prominent items that end up in our Canadian waterways.

So, what are the worst items? The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup made a list of the top twelve items collected during their cleanup days in 2015.

  1. Cigarette Butts (409,417 collected in 2015)
  2. Food Wrappers (93,129 collected in 2015)
  3. Plastic Bottle Caps (50,904 collected in 2015)
  4. Plastic Beverage Bottles (37,769 collected in 2015)
  5. Beverage Cans (27,814 collected in 2015)
  6. Other Plastic and Foam (27,110 collected in 2015)
  7. Straws and Stirrers (27,047 collected in 2015)
  8. Other Plastic Bags (25,047 collected in 2015)
  9. Metal Bottle Caps (22,093 collected in 2015)
  10. Plastic Grocery Bags (20,492 collected in 2015)
  11. Plastic Lids (19,365 collected in 2015)
  12. Paper Cups and Plates (17,819 collected in 2015)

So there you have it: The Dirty Dozen items of Canadian trash.

To find a cleanup day near you check out the calendar here.