Annual General Meeting Thursday June 8th
Join the Mayne Island Recycling Society's AGM on Thursday June 8!
Held at the Adachi Pavilion in Dinner Bay.
Meeting is 4pm-5pm, with a wine and cheese reception to follow for depot volunteers.
Want to volunteer? Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the minutes from the 2022 AGM here
A big thank you to all beach captains, cleanup teams, recycling depot volunteers, and supporting businesses who took part in the annual beach cleanup! Our beaches are now a lot cleaner. Even mother nature helped out, giving us a break from the rain just in time for the cleanup start on Sunday. 154 volunteers removed over 10 cubic meters (10,000 litres) of material from the beaches, and sorted it at the Mayne Island Recycling depot.
New this year:
- Thanks to a team of adult and children volunteers organized by the Tsartlip First Nation Stewardship Department, the Helen Point reserve lands were included in the 2023 beach cleanup!
- Thanks to a partnership with Ocean Legacy Inc., we are diverting 70% of the material collected from the landfill to their recycling facility near Steveston Harbour in Richmond BC, which specializes in recycling marine debris.
The Ocean Legacy team will work to separate and and process the hard plastics from buoys, barrels, buckets, etc. as well as rope and netting, and use their recycling partner Waste Connections for the EPS (styrofoam), as well as Liberty Tire Recyclers via Tire Stewardship BC to recycle the rubber from tires.
Annual Beach Cleanup
On Sunday April 23rd 2023 at 11am, the Recycling and Conservancy Societies will host their annual beach clean-up here on Mayne Island. These clean-ups have always been a popular activity, with often a hundred volunteers clearing a ton or more of debris from our beaches. If you would like to join us on April 23rd, contact a captain at one of the phone numbers or email address listed below! And please bring your own gloves and container to collect debris in.
For over two decades the Recycling Society, in partnership with the Mayne Island Conservancy has led an annual one day clean-up of beaches on Mayne Island. Held in the springtime, this massive volunteer effort combs all of our popular beaches, removing the flotsam and jetsam. Typically over a ton of debris is removed, brought to the depot, where it is sorted and weighed, and then trucked off island for disposal. This fun activity not only leaves our beaches beautiful for our residents and visitors, but removes hazardous wastes from the marine environment.
Contact a team captain today and join us in the cleanup!
Getting your yard ready for spring? Take advantage of our backhaul delivery service!
On return trips with our recycling truck, we can haul landscape materials back from Vancouver Island to your property on Mayne. Our truck can carry loads of up to:
- two yards of sand or gravel;
- three yards of soil; or
- five yards of bark mulch.
One material per load, no mixing. We deliver right to your yard, and can drop off on a well-marked tarp if you're not available at the drop off time.
Transport cost per load is $100, and we offer a discounted rate of $50 for registered non-profit societies.
For more information, or to book a backhaul, contact Grant at: email@example.com,250-539-5566
Payment is by cash directly to Grant on delivery, or by e-transfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
New items accepted for recycling!
As the result of an amendment to the BC Recycling Regulation, Recycle BC has added some single-use products and packaging-like products to its residential recycling program. Previously, only plastic, metal, and glass packaging, and paper products were included in the Recycle BC program. This change (effective Jan 1st 2023) expands the accepted material list to include items that are used as packaging or for a single use, but were purchased as a product; including things like plastic cutlery, aluminum foil baking tins, and reusable plastic shopping bags. For a full list of new additions, click here: https://recyclebc.ca/newitems
What we can recycle at the depot here on Mayne is determined by Recycle BC, which oversees collection and management of recyclable materials across the province. The Recycle BC residential packaging and paper recycling program is an example of extended producer responsibility (EPR), where the companies and organizations that produce or distribute a material - in this case packaging and paper - are responsible for collecting and managing the material at the end of its useful life. In Recycle BC’s program, producers pay fees based on the amount of material they provide to BC residents, and the fees are used to manage collection and recycling programs. The new amendment to the provincial regulation requires producers to take responsibility for a greater range of products.
\Want to meet just about everyone on Mayne Island? We’re seeking friendly and helpful volunteers to join us - no lifting required. We ask for a time commitment of 2 hours twice per month, with your choice of shifts. Please get in touch with Kathy at email@example.com to learn more!
Motor oil recycling interest survey
Want to be able to recycle your used motor oil on Mayne Island?
The Recycling Society is investigating the feasibility and interest in accepting used oil at the Depot.
Let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is enough interest, we will try and partner with BC Used Oil to recycle it.
Thanks for your feedback!
Beach Cleanup a success!
Despite very wet, cool weather, 90 dedicated volunteers participated in the annual Mayne Island Beach cleanup, held on Sunday, May 15th. A big thank you to all the beach cleaners, captains, and depot crew that came out on Sunday, and also thanks to those of you who have picked up garbage on your beach walks throughout the year! This year's cleanup removed 583 kg of plastic, styrofoam, tires, and other garbage from our beaches: that's over half a metric tonne of material that would otherwise pollute our natural environment and cause harmful effects to intertidal and marine life.
A number of participants noticed the mess caused by the breakdown of styrofoam into tiny granules that are almost impossible to remove from the beach. If you share this concern, please consider writing a letter to our MLA, Adam Olsen, and our Environment Minister, George Heyman, to take action to regulate or ban the presence of styrofoam in the marine environment.
Annual General Meeting Announcement
Mayne Island Recycling Society Annual General Meeting
Tuesday May 24th 2022, 7:00 PM
Dinner Bay Park, Adachi Pavilion, Mayne Island BC
Hear about the changes in recycling in BC and on Mayne Island
Memberships available at the door
Annual Beach Cleanup!
On Sunday May 15th 2022 at 10am, the Recycling and Conservancy Societies will host their annual beach clean-up here on Mayne Island. We first started holding these events some 20 years ago. These clean-ups have always been a popular activity, with often a hundred volunteers clearing a ton or more of debris from our beaches. If you would like to join us on May 15th, click here to learn more and find a team captain in your area!