In 2017, volunteers coordinated 1,319 cleanups and collected 58,058 kg of litter on 12,260 km of Canadian shoreline.

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Facts & Figures

Cleanup results by year

A leaderboard of past cleanups and how they compare to other years.


Number of cleanups hosted by year


Number of Kilometers cleaned up


Number of trash bags picked up


Weight of trash picked up in KG


Number of registrants by year


Canada’s dirty dozen list

Last year’s 12 most collected items of litter.

1. Cigarette Butts
445,915
2. Food Wrappers
79,339
3. Plastic Bottle Caps
42,997
4. Other Plastic & Foam
35,005
5. Plastic Beverage Bottles
31,541
6. Straws & Stirrers
25,612
7. Beverage Cans
25,045
8. Other Plastic Bags
21,282
9. Metal Bottle Caps
18,285
10. Plastic Lids
17,819
11. Construction Materials
16,887
12. Plastic Grocery Bags
16,860

Largest cleanups 2016

All cleanups are big in our minds, but we like to show just how many people can get together for a good thing.

1. Centennial College with 10,000 participants

Toronto, Ontario - 11 shorelines across Toronto


2. A. Blair McPherson School with 811 participants

Edmonton, Alberta - Fulton Creek Marshland


3. Birchview Dunes Elementary School with 1,435 participants

Wasaga Beach, Ontario - Wasaga Beach Area


4. Netsilik School with 375 participants

Taloyoak, Nunavut - Stanners Harbour


5. YVR with 374 participants

Richmond, Colombie-Britannique - Iona Island Park/Beach


6. Ecole Inman Elementary School with 351 participants

Burnaby, Colombie-Britannique - Schoolyard Cleanup


7. West Point Grey Academy with 350 participants

Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique - Jericho Beach Park


8. Lakeside Public School with 341 participants

Ajax, Ontario - Ajax waterfront and Duffins marsh


9. Seaview Elementary with 280 participants

Lantzville, Colombie-Britannique - Sebastion Road Beach and Pebble Beach


10. David Suzuki Secondary School with 255 participants

Brampton, Ontario - Schoolyard Cleanup