Thank You to All Cleanup Volunteers!
A hearty thank you to all beach captains, cleanup teams, recycling depot volunteers, and supporting businesses who helped make the 2023 beach cleanup a success. Even mother nature helped out, giving us a break from the rain just in time for the cleanup start at 11am on Sunday, April 23 (appropriately, the day after Earth Day). This event is co-sponsored by the Mayne Island Recycling Society and the Conservancy.
New This Year
Thanks to a partnership with Ocean Legacy Inc., we were able to divert about 70% of the material collected from the landfill. Recyclable materials (including a large volume of Styrofoam) were transported to the Ocean Legacy recycling facility in Richmond, which specializes in recycling man-made marine debris. And, 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 this year’s cleanup.
In total,154 volunteers removed over 10 cubic meters (10,000 litres) of material from our island beaches, and transported it to the Mayne Island recycling depot, where it was sorted and packed for transport.
I know many island residents (and visitors) don’t limit themselves to the day of the cleanup, but pick up garbage on their beach walks throughout the year. Amazing work everyone!