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Tsunami debris cleanup along the shores in BC

Staff writers
May 17, 2012 — The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is an annual event that promotes education about shoreline litter. This year, the cleanup may involve tsunami debris on the west coast.

Tsunami debris could wash up on BC's coast
Tsunami debris could wash up on BC's coast

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup will take place across the country this September. It's an annual event created to rehabilitate local shorelines and raise awareness about litter.

"This year however, we're dealing with a little bit of a unique scenario with the tsunami debris that could be washing ashore on the west coast of Canada," says Jill Dwyer, Manager of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

The tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 forced piles of trash into the ocean. Officials estimate that up to 1.5 million tonnes of debris could reach the west coast shores.

"And so what we have done is, in addition to our September campaign that's always the third week in September, we have organized a tsunami debris registry page where people can go and add their name to the registry if they're interested in helping out with the cleanup, if and when the need arises," explains Dwyer.

It's still unclear when and where the majority of the debris will end up, but by having volunteers on hand, it could be helpful for the local communities that might be impacted.

"So, when we start getting word from these communities that they need some extra help, we'll be able to connect them with these volunteers," says Dwyer.

The 19th annual shoreline cleanup is open to everyone. Visit the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup for more information on how to get involved in your area.

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