People power was out in full force Sunday, as about 100 volunteers gathered on the banks of the Coquitlam River for a day-long cleanup.
Led by Riverside Fly & Tackle owner Garry Elgear, the cleanup saw items like copper wire, shopping carts and even a baby carriage removed from the area.
“It went really well and the vibe was great,” Elgear said. “The weather turned out really nice for us. Lots of people were smiling and high-fiving, but the biggest thing for me is that half of those people were kids. We had lots of Scouts, Brownies and Beavers. It was awesome to have so many kids helping out.”
The cleanup covered the lower reaches of the Coquitlam River, as volunteers combed an area starting at Elgear’s shop on Shaughnessy Street in PoCo to Galette Avenue in north Coquitlam.
Elgear estimates between 150 and 200 bags of garbage were removed from the riverbanks during the six-hour cleanup.
“The big thing we found this year was stripped copper wire,” Elgear said.
“There were lots of shopping buggies and batteries. The batteries were terrible.
“A lot of the stuff we found was thrown right into the bushes. We had to crawl on our hands and knees to go through a lot of the brambles to get this stuff.”
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