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Funds granted for B.C. shoreline cleanup

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Clearly B.C.'s coastline needs your help! (COURTESY CTV NEWS)

Clearly B.C.'s coastline needs your help! (COURTESY CTV NEWS)

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup effort is calling on more volunteers for its 2014 efforts to rid B.C.’s coast of man-made debris.

Speaking at the Vancouver Aquarium on Tuesday, shoreline cleanup manager Jill Dwyer said cigarette butts, plastic bottles and beverage cups are among the largest categories of litter on the coastline.

Much of the debris is in hard-to-reach areas without road access.

Last year, 27,659 people participated in the cleanup efforts. The call coincides with an additional $270,000 in funds — through a grant from Japan — announced by Environment Minister Mary Polak on the same day.

She told reporters the money is in addition to $376,000 already granted to First Nations groups and other organizations with their own cleanup proposals.

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