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100 volunteers bring holiday twist to English Bay beach cleanup

Last Updated Dec 15, 2019 at 2:59 pm PDT

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)
Summary

Organizers were given incentives like free beer, and there was a prize for best ugly Christmas sweater

This was the last clean up event of the year and was hosted by Surfrider Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Decked out in their ugliest Christmas sweaters, more than 100 people made the trek out to English Bay for a beach clean up Saturday.

Volunteer Melissa Garner who says it wasn’t just cigarette butts tossed in the trash.

“It was very interesting to see, there was clothes, giant pieces of wood, there was a flip flop, the strangest stuff. It was just really crazy to see how much garbage was in that little area of the beach.”

And the event was far from boring.

Organizers were given incentives like free beer and according to Garner, they even found some strange products while cleaning.

“They had some prizes for most cigarette butts picked up,” she says. “We won a prize for weirdest thing, which was a shopping cart in the water.”

Other items cleared from the site included plastic bags, lighters, and even a magnifying glass.

This was the last clean up event of the year and was hosted by Surfrider Vancouver.