Volunteers covered seven kilometres of shoreline and picked up 56 pounds of garbage from along the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows on Saturday.
Among the garbage were food wrappers, beverage cans, plastic bags, clothing, foam, plastic, and metal - some of the stranger items were mangoes and lemons, construction material, and half sunken boats, said Laurie Darcus, one of the 19 volunteers who were cleaning up the shoreline.
Darcus was especially grossed out at finding 916 cigarette butts, which she pointed out are "very toxic" for small animals and birds.
"Make sure they are extinguished and put them into the garbage can, please," she said.
The Pitt Meadows Paddling Club members were in canoes and kayaks on the water helping clean muddier areas.
"I am so grateful to all the volunteers who came out and helped, some getting a little muddy just to keep our shorelines clean," Darcus said.
"It is not just esthetically important, but wildlife can really suffer from all this litter and debris, from getting tangled in it, to ingesting poison."
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