Shoreline Cleanup Day Event

Shoreline Cleanup

Registration is now OPEN for the Shoreline Cleanup on Sunday March 15th. Click here to sign up using the webform below!

*This opportunity is open to ALL UTM Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni

What is the Shoreline Cleanup?

Join us on Sunday March 15th from 11:00-3:00pm for a three-hour Shoreline Cleanup with a meet up and reflection before and after for CCR credit!

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a national conservation program that provides Canadians the opportunity to take action in their communities wherever water meets land, one bit of trash at a time. The initiative seeks to encourage participants to remove shoreline litter and help create healthy waters for wildlife and the communities that depend on them. After the cleanup, participants are engaged in identifying the sources of litter and empowered in changing behaviors that cause marine debris in the first place.

In 2019, more than 417, 812 kg of litter was collected along Canadian shorelines. Since 1994, there have been 21,300 cleanups that have collected more than 1.3 million kg of trash across Canada’s shorelines. Join us and help to make a difference!

The event consists of a 3-hour cleanup. Volunteers will clean up the shores of the Credit River and practice mindfulness towards the environment and nature we rely on every day. This event is hosted by the Centre for Student Engagement at the University of Toronto Mississauga with support by the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup website.

Why Cleanup?

  • Litter is a problem created by humans and wildlife are paying the price. Yet, our personal production of litter and waste continues to grow.
  • The real environmental challenge occurs when litter ends up somewhere it really shouldn't, like your local shoreline. It might be that place where you go birdwatching, have a picnic with your family, or walk with friends. Rivers, lakes, streams, storm drains and beaches are all connected, so litter at your shoreline can be transported far away from where it began. 
  • But out of sight is not out of mind. And whether deliberately dumped or accidentally dropped, litter can have devastating consequences for wildlife. Animals mistake litter for food or become entangled in rope, string and nets. Litter can transport invasive species, or introduce dangerous toxins into an ecosystem. Plastic litter can degrade into tiny invisible pieces called microplastics, that are impossible to pick up, but have dramatic impacts on wildlife.

The problem of shoreline litter is global, urgent and often overwhelming. But there is something you can do.

We are building a community of shoreline cleanup leaders across Canada who are committed to taking real action. Together, this community knows that there is power in positive action, and that a cleanup can be the first step toward real, lasting change.

- Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (

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Event Details

The Cleanup will take place along Sawmill Creek in Mississauga, Ontario, starting at the University of Toronto, Mississauga where participants will gather in UTM Room (Davis Building above the Tim Hortons on the 2nd floor)


Since 2010, there have been 12 cleanups that have collected 232kg of trash at this site. 

Event Details

  • Date: Sunday, March 15th 
  • Location: UTM Room, followed by travel to Sawmill Creek
  • Time: 11:00am-3:00pm 
Time Details / Activity Location

11:00am – 11:15am

  • Arrival of Participants

UTM Room


  • Welcome address, objectives, housekeeping (washroom, emergency contact, station locations, etc.)

  • Group Icebreaker Game

  • Instructions regarding the event and cautionary guidelines

UTM Room


  • Travel to Sawmill Creek 

UTM to Sawmill Creek

12:00pm – 2:00pm

  • Clean up the Credit River shores

Sawmill Creek


  • Return to UTM 


2:30pm – 3:00pm

  • Reflect on the event of light refreshments

UTM Room 

Avoiding Areas of Risk

  • For Ticks: (1) Clothing - wear light colors, long sleeved shirts, long pants, close toed shoes (2) Chemicals - bug Spray that contains DEET and Icaridin.
  • Poisonous plants (if existing): avoid dense forest areas and keep a look out for specific Poisonous plants i.e. giant hogweed.
  • Frost Bite: Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing; wear gloves, hats and warm socks.  

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Comfortable and warm clothing
  • Weather appropriate, closed-toe shoes

Participants are asked to come with only personal belongings that they would need for the day. There will be no areas to store items securely and therefore all items must be brought with each individual during the clean up. We will not assume responsibility for items left unattended. 


For all inquiries regarding the Shoreline Cleanup, please contact:

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