September 5-12, 2005

Annual nationwide shoreline cleanup begins

TORONTO, ONT-Toronto's Woodbine Beach park was the official launch site for the 2005 TD Canada Trust Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in eastern Canada. Between September 10 and 18, more than 36,000 volunteers are expected to help clean up river, stream, lake, ocean and wetland shorelines across Canada. In 2004, some 30,000 volunteers at more than 634 cleanup sites helped improve the quality of about 1,100 kilometres of shoreline in Canada. During the past three years, nearly 130,000 kilograms of garbage have been removed from shorelines coast to coast. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has been operating for more than 11 years as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. The annual initiative was started in British Columbia by the Vancouver Aquarium and has since expanded to include every province and territory in Canada. TD Canada Trust has sponsored the event from the beginning, through its TD Friends of the Environment fund. This year, however, marks TD Canada Trust's first year as title sponsor of the nationwide event. At each cleanup location, all participants in the TD Canada Trust Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup are provided with latex gloves, garbage bags, and clear bags for recyclables. More information is available on-line at www.vanaqua.org/cleanup.

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