Garbage-collecting divers have improved the view from the boardwalk in Halifax harbour.

City officials ordered a cleanup of the ocean floor along the waterfront after a sewage plant, opened in the fall of 2007, cleared the water, making the litter and debris more visible to passersby.  

Divers were sent out Monday to bring up the garbage between Casino Nova Scotia and the Electropolis sound stage. They filled a barge with about 1.5 tonnes of debris, said James Campbell, communications director for the Harbour Solutions project.  

"[It was] quite a collection — car tires, truck tires, pylons, shopping carts and some beer kegs seem to be the most popular stuff," Campbell said.  

"It'll make a big visual change to the harbour when people are walking along the boardwalk." 

Campbell said the cleanup cost less than $5,000.