Navy reserve divers promote annual cleanup of garbage from Halifax harbour

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HALIFAX - Naval reserve divers were looking for sinkables among the floatables Tuesday as they searched the waters of Halifax harbour near a container pier.
The divers braved the harbour's sewage-filled waters to promote the annual TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, which takes place across the country from Sept. 19 to 27.
Jill Dwyer, from the Vancouver Aquarium and program manager for the cleanup, said more than 1,600 people participated in Nova Scotia last year, scouring 96 kilometres of coastline and retrieving more than 4,000 kilograms of garbage.
Information on local cleanup dates and how to register can be found at www.tdgcsc.ca
Dwyer said the most common items found are cigarette butts, plastic bags, bottles and aluminum cans, indicating that most of the garbage is being washed into the ocean and lakes from shore and then back up along shorelines.
Dwyer said one of the most interesting items found in Nova Scotia was a block of cheese, but around the country volunteers have found a wedding dress, engagement rings, false teeth and a disco ball.
"Our main message is that this is something anyone can do. It's a really great thing to do with your community; anyone can participate and you really do make a difference."

Organizations: TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Vancouver Aquarium

Geographic location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

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