Around 60 volunteers picked up approximately 350 to 400 pounds of waste in and around Hays Creek on Saturday, September 15 as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event held in Prince Rupert.
The local branch of the World Wildlife Fund has put on the event in Prince Rupert for over half a decade, with Mike Ambach and Lisa Doolan being this year’s main organizers.
The most common items found were plastic bags, food wrappers and cigarette butts. Some unusual items found included a hamster cage, a car battery, a couple of bicycles and some fishing gear.
New individuals, groups and families took part, as well as many returning volunteers.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup started back in 1994 by a group of staff and volunteers from the Vancouver Aquarium, and is held in various communities across the country.