Hundreds clean up B.C. waterfronts

Hundreds of people will be picking up garbage off B-C waterfronts today as the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up celebrate 20 years.

Great Canadian shore clean-up hits Richmond's Iona Beach

Volunteers with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup share their finds 2:18

Hundreds of people are picking up garbage along waterfronts around B.C. today as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup celebrates 20 years.

"Canadians are always willing to get out and volunteer and help their local community, " said Jill Dwyer, the organizer of the Iona Beach cleanup in Richmond, B.C.— just one of the many events across the country.

"In the last 20 years our participants have removed over 1 million kilograms of litter," Dwyer said, adding that the mass is comparable to that of approximately 269 school buses.

The cleanup at Iona Beach began at 10 a.m PT and free shuttle buses were made available to transport volunteers between Iona Beach and the Templeton SkyTrain Station in Richmond.

More 20th anniversary cleanups in B.C:

  • Sept.21: Prince Rupert's Rotary Waterfront Park
  • Sept.22: Kelowna's Okanagan Lake at City Park
  • Sept.28: Ucluelet's Harbour North
  • Sept 28: Campbell River's Maritime Heritage Centre

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