Volunteers are welcome to participate in the shoreline cleanup in Collingwood, Wasaga

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At a recent event in Collingwood, 10 volunteers picked up over 32 pounds of trash within 2 miles or on the shore

There are still some opportunities to join a summer initiative to clean up the shores of Georgian Bay in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach.

Georgian Bay Forever has appealed for volunteers to join them for the shoreline cleanup in Collingwood from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday August 24 and 31. The group will meet at Harbourview Park.

And on Monday, August 23, they will be at Wasaga Beach Area Three near the toilet blocks for cleaning from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Community Shoreline Cleanup Days are part of the group’s diversion and capture initiative to keep plastic and other trash from entering the bay.

Last week, Georgian Bay Forever staff completed a waste characterization of all litter collected along the Collingwood shoreline on a clean-up day and measured 32.9 pounds of litter. According to the group, ten volunteers helped clean up 3,000 meters of Harbourview Park to pick up trash.

After sorting through what was collected, the group reported via Facebook, there were 311 pieces of miscellaneous plastic, 190 cigarette butts, 142 pieces of scrap paper, 124 food wrappers, 99 pieces of glass, 86 large pieces of foam, 45 plastic bags, 32 straws, 16 coffee cups, 15 plastic cups, 10 masks and more.

Gerogian Bay Forever encourages everyone to dispose of garbage properly to prevent garbage from being washed down the storm drains, accumulating on the shore and ending up in Georgian Bay.

To learn more about Georgian Bay Forever and the diversion and capture initiatives to keep microplastics out of the bay, visit their website here.

For tips and support organizing your own shoreline cleanup, click here.

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