The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup kicks off this weekend at Iona Beach in Richmond, and volunteers are still needed for a few organized cleanups in the Vancouver area.
Jill Dwyer, manager of the cleanup with the Vancouver Aquarium, said last year volunteers across B.C. removed more than 66,000 kg of litter from more than 1,100 kilometres of shoreline.
“It’s a great way to connect with your community. It’s a lot of fun,” she said.
“We have people coming back year after year to do the event, so I think once people get out and do it they realize how much fun it is, and how much you feel like you’ve actually made a difference.”
To sign up, visit shorelinecleanup.ca.
As of Friday, these were the organized Vancouver cleanups that still needed volunteers:
- Fraser River Park, Vancouver, 9:30 a.m. Meet at Fraser River Park at the Vancouver Community College Tent.
- False Creek at Science World, Vancouver, 11 a.m. Meet at the white tent located beside the playground about 50 metres north of Science World.
- Wreck Beach – Trail 7, Vancouver, 1 p.m. Meet at top of Trail 7.
- Habitat Island and Creekside, Vancouver, 10 a.m., Meet at the False Creek foot of Columbia Street between 9:30 and 10 a.m. (Columbia and Athlete’s Way). Free two-hour parking along both streets. Narrow strip of park, about 91 metres long by five metres wide, extremely dirty.
- Park next to Transit Depot, 11 a.m. Meet on wood platform in the park.
- Deering Island Gazebo, Vancouver, 11 a.m.