Shoreline Cleanup

Shoreline Cleanup

Registration is now OPEN for the Shoreline Cleanup on Thursday, June 20th. Click here to sign up using the webform below!

*This opportunity is open to ALL UTM community members.

What is the Shoreline Cleanup?

Join us on Thursday, June 20th from 9:00 - 1:00 pm for a three-hour Shoreline Cleanup as part of National Indigenous History Month! 



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 2-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

Map of shoreline location - RiverwoodThe Cleanup will take place at The Riverwood Conservancy (4150 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga ON), starting at the barnRiverwood encompasses 150 acres of natural greenspace and has 2 miles of the Credit River. Riverwood is at the northern section of Burnhamthorpe rd and Riverwood Park lane. 


Since 2016, there have been 2 cleanups that have collected 139kg of trash at this site.


Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, June 20th 2019
  • Location: The Riverwood Conservancy, Mississauga ON 
  • Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Time Details / Activity Location

9:00am – 9:15am

  • Arrival of Participants

RAWC Lobby

9:15am – 9:30am

  • Take Taxis to the Riverwood Conservancy


9:30am – 9:45am

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

  • Group Icebreaker Game

  • Instructions regarding the event and cautionary guidelines

Riverwood Conservancy

9:45am – 12:00pm

  • Clean up the Credit River shores

Riverwood Conservancy

12:00pm – 12:15pm

  • Take Taxis to return to UTM


12:15pm – 1:00pm

  • Reflect on the event of light refreshments

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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.
  • Heat Stroke: take frequent breaks and carry water bottles or stop by water fountains (if existing).

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Comfortable clothing (covering arms and legs)
  • Weather appropriate, closed-toe shoes

Participants are asked to come with only personal belongings that they would need for the day. A designated area will be assigned by the Event Management Team that will be supervised and/or locked, with only approved person (s) granted access to drop your things. You may be provided tickets for certain items, please hold on to this as you will need it to identify and claim your belonging after the event. We will not assume responsibility for items left unattended and not held in the designated secure area(s).


For all inquiries regarding the Shoreline Cleanup as part of National Indigenous History month at the Centre for Student Engagement, please contact:

Mariana Villada Rivera
Access and Outreach Programs Assistant, Centre for Student Engagement 
University of Toronto Mississauga, Davis Building Room 2092 (map)

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Register by completing the form below:

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