Karma’s a Beach Shoreline Cleanup

Karma's a Beach Shoreline Cleanup - April 22 2023

Join the Inner Beach bi-annual
Karma’s a Beach Shoreline Cleanup

Let’s clean our beaches! Join us Saturday, April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and gather litter along the shoreline. So much trash is found along the beach after the spring thaw and we need your help to make a difference. Bring your collected trash to our tent at the store between 10am and 4pm.

EXTENDED!! Our Karma’s a Beach Shoreline Cleanup will continue April 23 and next weekend, April 29 + 30, for those unable to participate April 22. Bring your collected trash to the shop in Port Credit between 11am and 4pm to receive a goodie for each bag of trash collected and be entered in our raffle for a chance to win prizes! Let’s work together to clean our beaches!

How it works:

  • Bring your own large clear recyclable plastic garbage bags to fill or pick up some from us at the store. Gloves are highly recommended.
  • Head to your local beach to gather trash and litter along the shoreline. See Dirty Dozen below.
  • Return trash to the tent at the store between 10am and 4pm to be sorted, recorded, and properly disposed of.
  • Enjoy refreshments, a goodie for each bag of trash collected, and a chance to win prizes! 

Dirty Dozen - most common trash to find:

  1. Stir sticks and straws
  2. Surgical masks
  3. Plastic bottles
  4. Syringes
  5. Cigarette/cigar butts
  6. Drink cans
  7. Balloons
  8. Caps and lids
  9. Food wrappers
  10. Plastic bags
  11. Plastic cutlery
  12. Disposable gloves

Here’s a list of our favourite local beaches:

  • Lakefront Promenade
  • Jack Darling Memorial Park
  • Marie Curtis Park

 We'll see you there!

Why Join?

  • Roughly 80% of litter that washes ashore on Lake Ontario is plastic debris.

  • Lake Ontario provides drinking water to over nine million people in Ontario and is a vital part of the region's ecology, providing important habitat to a myriad of fishes, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants.

  • Plastic splits into smaller pieces but does not break down in the environment, leading fish and animals to mistake the tiny specs for food, fill up on plastic and starve.

  • Plastic debris attracts contaminants and can create large floating mats that lure fish away from their natural habitat.

  • Three million pounds of plastic debris ends up in Lake Ontario each year — enough plastic waste to fill 28 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

  • We have the tools, resources and responsibility to make a difference in our local community.