September 24, 2013 - 9:31 AM
KAMLOOPS – The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is taking place across Canada this week and in the Kamloops area alone cleanup for nine different sites have been organized while another dozen sites were identified as being in need of cleanup.
Several sites along the Rivers Trail from the airport through to Riverside Park are included in cleanup, as well as Cooney Bay, Tranquille Creek, the North Thompson River in Rayleigh and a section of the South Thompson River in Valleyview.
Gateway City Church, Kamloops Cachers, Thompson Rivers University, Loblaw Companies Ltd., Home Depot, Kamloops Airport and the Kamloops Hiking Club are among the groups hosting cleanups, all of which are still open to participants.
Guerin Creek, the South Thompson River near the B.C. Wildlife Park and Riverside Golf Course and Rae-More Park in Rayleigh are among the local spots identified as also needing cleanup. Inks Lake Recreation Area, the North Thompson River near Centennial Park in Westsyde and McArthur Island Park have private cleanups scheduled.
Cleanups began this past weekend and continue through Sunday. The program began in 1994 at Stanley Park and in 2002 expanded nationwide. Nearly 60,000 participants took part last year, collecting 136,036 kilograms of waste. Nearly half of those participants were in B.C.
Cigarettes and cigarette filters are by far the most collected item, with nearly 417,000 collected last year. The second most collected item in 2012 was food wrappers and containers at 98,835. Among the most peculiar items collected in B.C. last year was a bathtub, a cash register, a wig, a plastic eyeball, a gargoyle statue and a rubber chicken.
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