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My clean beach - Results season 2009

It is in 2009 that the program My clean beach was adapted to the freshwater ecosystems of the St. Lawrence. Large promotional efforts have been undertaken in the spring and fall to promote the program and to engage the population of the province of Québec to clean up their shorelines. 

22 cleanups

For this first year, we have distributed 80 French tool kits and 25 English tool kits to many groups in all the province of Quebec, along with 900 glove pairs, 300 trash bags and 200 recycling bags. In all, there have been 22 cleanup events this year. The following table shows the location, the number of volunteers and the length of shoreline that have been cleaned.



Locations Organisers Dates Nb of volunteers Filled bags Nb of cleaned km
Île Saint-Quentin ZIP des Deux-Rives 2 mai 2009 50 2 2
Ruisseau des Trente à Beloeil COVABAR, École secondaire Polybel et Eugene Reimer Middle School 15 mai 2009 60 20 1
Rivière des Milles-Îles, à Laval École Le Baluchon 22 mai 2009 220 110 3
Fleuve Saint-Laurent à Brossard Marie-Pierre Chevrier, citoyenne 30 mai 2009 12 9 1
Fleuve Saint-Laurent à Montréal Société d’animation de la Promenade Bellerive (SAPB) 30 mai 2009 35 35 2
Lac Témiscouata, à Témiscouata Comité Vert de Notre-Dame-du-Lac 30 mai 2009 15 15 3
Lac Saint-Pierre Comité ZIP du Lac Saint-Pierre juin 2009 10 10 2
Fleuve Saint-Laurent à Longueuil Centre de l'Information de l'Environnement de Longueuil 6 juin 2009 70 2.5 containers 12
Rivière Bic, à Bic Maison des Jeunes du Bic 6 juin 2009 20 30 kg 5
Marais de Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly Amis du marais de Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly 13 juin 2009      
Canal Lachine, à Montréal Pro Vert Sud-Ouest 17 mai, 31 mai, 21 juin, 26 juin, 10 juillet, 24 juillet, 6 août 63 40 3
Parc des rapides, à Lachine Héritage Laurentien, Allion Elementary School Comité ZIP Ville-Marie 26 novembre 2006      

Picked trash items :

  Nb de déchet par type :

Polystyrènes

4927

 

Papier

432

Tabac

2986

 

Articles d’hygiène personnelle

337

Emballages nourriture

1941

 

Articles de pêche

192

Plastique (autres)

1728

 

Morceaux de tissus

192

Plastique (sacs)

1440

 

Pièces de construction

155

Verre

1267

 

Pièces de véhicules

41

Plastique (bouteilles)

945

 

Articles de chasse

19

Métal

573

 

Articles de maison

11

The type of trash that was the most often found are small bits and pieces of polystyrene that could originate from building material as well as everyday life objects (coffee mugs, food wrapping, plates). Smoking related objects were also numerous to get into the trash bags of volunteers.To see the graph showing the proportion of each type of trash that was collected, click here.

A widespread myth says that cigarette butches are biodegradable. Consequently, it is believed that it does not matter if they are thrown on the ground. In reality, a cigarette butch takes between 2 and 10 years to decompose. While it is decomposing, it releases all kinds of toxic compounds into the environment. That is why it is important not to throw cigarette butch everywhere. One advice for smokers, why not buy a portable ashtray?

 

Photos album

Thanks to all the volunteers and to all the organisers !
crédits photographique : Centre de l'information de l'Environnement de Longueuil, Comité ZIP Ville-Marie, Marie-Pier Chevrier

 



Results for the season 2009

The Comité ZIP Ville-Marie invites you to consult the press release that sum up the results for the season 2009. For this first year, we have distributed 80 French tool kits and 25 English tool kits to many groups in all the province of Quebec, along with 900 glove pairs, 300 trash bags and 200 recycling bags. In all, there have been 22 cleanup events this year. The following table shows the location, the number of volunteers and the length of shoreline that have been cleaned.

To see the press release

 

 




 

 

 

 

The Great Cleanup of the St. Lawrence and its tributaries

The Great Cleanup of the St. Lawrence and its tributaries will take place between May 30th and June 15th, everywhere in the province of Québec. Several cleanups are already planned in different regions of the province. We encourage anyone who would like to participate in the Great Cleanup, may it be by organizing a cleanup or by joining one that is already planned, to visit the www.mapropreplage.net. On this web site you can order your free printed organiser’s toolkit, or you can check out for upcoming cleanups.

To see the press release
To see the publicity

 





April 2009 – Kick off to the first season of My clean beach program.


The Comité ZIP Ville-Marie invites communities all around Quebec to take part in a shoreline cleanup activity that will take place during the summer of 2009;

 

dot You don’t have time to organise your own activity? No problem, join one that is already organised. Click here for the list of upcoming cleanups.
dot You want to organise a cleanup activity with your friends, your familly or your coworkers? You will find all the tools you need to organise a fun and safe cleanup here. You can also get a printed copy of the toolkit by contacting us.
dot Questions? Please call or email us today.
 

To see the press release (in French only)

 

 



nouvelles

November 2008 – Project startup : My clean beach

The Comité ZIP Ville-Marie will adapt the program My clean beach, designed for saltwater habitat, to freshwater habitat.

The goal of the My Clean Beach is to get communities involved in shoreline cleanups and in the early detection of riparian issues.
We aim to:

dot Increase the sense of responsibility of communities toward their shoreline habitats;
dot Educate and raise community awareness regarding shoreline habitats, their importance and problems that affect them;
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    Encourage environmental monitoring of shoreline habitats by communities; and
dot Demonstrate to communities the advantages of protecting shoreline habitats.

To see the press release (in French only)



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