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.