Volunteers sign up for debris duty

Volunteers help address the anticipated arrival of Japanese tsunami debris on Canada’s West Coast.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is launching a volunteer sign-up registry to help address the anticipated arrival of Japanese tsunami debris on Canada’s West Coast.

This new registry will support local, provincial and federal cleanup planning efforts.

Individuals can register at www.shorelinecleanup.ca to add their name to the registry.

As debris arrives and accumulates on  B.C.’s shores, registrants will be contacted and activated by Shoreline Cleanup site coordinators with details outlining cleanup locations, dates and times.

“Many people have expressed interest in assisting with local efforts to clean up tsunami debris that is anticipated to arrive along our local coastlines,” said Jill Dwyer, Great Canadian Shoreline cleanup manager. “We are providing a way to connect concerned citizens with local communities needing support.”

The devastating tsunami that hit the Japanese coast in March 2011 washed millions of tonnes of debris into the Pacific Ocean.