Mayne Island Conservancy Society

Clean up Through the Years

The Campbell Crew with loot; -  at the Earth Week Beach Clean-up - April 2010 The Campbell Crew with loot; - at the Earth Week Beach Clean up - April 2010 Photo credit: Elspeth Westby

An Island-wide Community Undertaking

The Mayne Island Beach Clean up, an event jointly organized by the Recycling Society and the Conservancy, is a popular event that draws about 100 volunteers each year. They donate a couple of hours of their time, and under the guidance of a team captain comb one of Mayne Island's 10 popular beaches. After clearing away the winter's flotsam and jetsam they leave the beaches in pristine condition. All the refuse collected is taken to the recycling depot, categorized and weighed.

2016 Beach Clean-up

The Mayne Island Recycle Centre opened for business on the morning of the 17th to welcome the volunteers and their beach trash. Thanks to Vicki Turay who logged the rubbish weighed in by Michael Dunn and to Grant Buday and crew who stowed the stuff pending acceptance into the various disposal and recycle streams. Vicki writes:
What an incredible day. We collected over 3600 lbs of garbage and had over 100 people helping. These numbers include the Mayne School clean-up wherein 24 pairs of hands did an excellent job on Miners Bay!

Plastics455.0 lbs[206.82 kgs]
Brick14.0[6.36]
Mixed plastics188.0[85.45]
Tire & Styrofoam floats34[15.45]
Metal, cable78.0[35.45]
Wood378.0[171.82]
Styrofoam104.0[47.27]
Garbage46.0[20.91]
Tires53.0[24.09]
Plastic & Styrofoam50.0[22.73]
Plastic & metal476.0[216.36]
Glass14.0[6.36]
Rope24.0[10.91]
Other metal1081.0[491.36]
Mooring Buoys612.0[278.18]
Total3,645 lb[1656.82 kg]


A few odd items of unusual interest this year were 11 tire/styrofoam buoys, a red dress, a huge fish storage bin, a sail board, a whole boat and many others in bits, an oil absorbent boom, and a pressurized gas bottle.


Statistics by Location:

 Bennett BayCampbell BayDavid, Oyster, ReefEdith PointGallagher & PiggottHorton Bay
Beach CaptainMike NadeauElizabeth WhitelawIrene & Nigel BarrettPeter AskinKim HarrisSue Duncan
Team Nos.21476123
Total Haul (Lbs)15157517721517624

 Kadonaga BayLighthouse/MaudeMiners BayVillage BayPebble Beach
Beach CaptainMarian MacLeanLen EppMayne SchoolAl CannonHelen & John O'Brian
Team No.744 + 20 children104
Total Haul (Lbs)9381588888169

2015 Beach Clean up

Thanks to the diligence of the crew at the Recycle Centre, including Michael Dunn, Weighmaster and Vicki Turay as the unassisted* Recording Angel, here are the material statistics for the 2015 Cleanup - 958 kgs or 2108 lbs in total:

Plastics70.68 lbs[155.5 kgs]
Wood + Styrofoam, metal0[0]
Mixed plastics75.0[34.09]
Tire & Styrofoam floats0[0]
Metal, cable23.0[10.45]
Wood223.5[101.59]
Styrofoam229.5[104.32]
Garbage412.5[187.5]
Tires112.0[50.91]
Fabric with metal & foam132.0[60.0]
Plastic & Styrofoam19.0[8.64]
Plastic & metal145.0[65.91]
Crab trap floats123.0[55.91]
Glass3.0[1.36]
Rope132.5[60.23]
Aluminum (returnable cans)44.0[20.0]
Other metal258.0[117.27]
Deposit containers18.5[8.41]
Food2.0[.91]
Cardboard0[0]
Total2,108 lb[958.18 kg]

* Ann Johnston having passed the quill after eight years in that role!

Statistics by Location:

 Bennett BayCampbell BayDavid, Oyster, ReefEdith PointGallagher & PiggottHorton Bay
Beach CaptainMike NadeauElizabeth WhitelawPat SeebachPeter AskinKim HarrisSue Duncan
Team Nos.10364163
Total Haul (Lbs)537.536198128.516123.5

 Kadonaga BayLighthouse/MaudeMiners BayVillage BayBriggs LandingBriggsPebble Beach
Beach CaptainMarian MacLeanLen EppMayne SchoolAl CannonJeannine Dodds?O'Brians
Team No.854 + 20 children4722
Total Haul (Lbs)197.5634042528225.526.5

2014 Beach Clean-up

The Recycling Depot was open from 12:00 - 1:30 pm for Beach Clean-up only. Statistics were carefully recorded, beach by beach by Ann Johnston who has been doing this for so long she has elevated the science behind these numbers into an art form. For the first time Ann had an understudy & deputy in Vicki Turay, who will be able to take the lead in this position in future years. As always, Michael Dunn took on the role of "tallyman" weighing-in and classifying the hauls as they arrived from the various beaches, coves and bays. Grant Buday appeased the recycling gods by putting the co-sponsoring M.I. Recycling Society's seal of approval on the proceedings, as well as working very hard to organize the piles of stuff for easy onward shipment.

Plastics301 lb[137 kg]
Wood + Styrofoam, metal274[124]
Mixed plastics264[120]
Tire & Styrofoam floats143[65]
Metal, cable130[59]
Wood128[58]
Styrofoam120[54]
Garbage111[50]
Tires87[39]
Fabric with metal & foam44[20]
Plastic & Styrofoam28[13]
Plastic & metal17[8]
Crab trap floats17[8]
Glass14[6]
Rope13[6]
Aluminum (returnable cans)12[5]
Total1,703 lb[772 kg]


Photo of Ann Johnston & Vicki Turay Logging the Data

Curiosities and Interesting items:
  • Art Deco angel with chimes
  • 14 single shoes, 12 from Gallagher Bay
  • 2 hard hats
  • 9 chairs
  • a gaff
  • dinghy and inflatable boat from Village Bay
  • 12 ft hinged door or lid weighing 230 lb from Lighthouse Point
...And Look What the Kids Did!

On Wednesday 23rd April the Mayne School turned out en masse to clean up Miners Bay and this is what they pulled off the shore (N.B. These figures are already inclded in the totals in the accounting for the full clean up as shown in the table above):

Plastics17lb[8 kg]
Mixed plastics59[27]
Tire & Styrofoam floats18[8]
Metal, cable67[30]
Tires28[13]
Glass14[6]
Aluminum (returnable cans)6[3]
Total209 lb[95 kg]
photo of Michael Dunn & Helper at Miners Bay

Group Photo of School Cleaner uppers

2013 Beach Clean-up

First a story and photo from Ellen Visser

Ellen writes:

The freezer (in the bottom of the trailer under the boat) was stranded on Georgeson Island for a couple of years and floated off last year some time. We needed quite a few of us to haul it from where the big arbutus fell in the water (near the oyster beds) to the beach access. Mike had a dolly which helped. The old boat had been laying at the Brick dock for years slowly disintegrating. The couch was offered for "free" along Fernhill road near Home hardware and rained on twice after which it was dumped at the Brick dock too. Great haul this year for 6 of us only.

Beach Clean-up Day on Mayne is co-sponsored by the Recycling Society and MICS

And This is How the Whole Affair unfolded on April 14, 2013

Mayne Island's annual Beach Clean-up is usually scheduled to coincide with Earth Day on April 22nd. Because we require a low tide on a Sunday for this event, it had to be moved forward to the afternoon of April 14th. But the sun did come out to help!

The amount of debris collected was up considerably compared with that found last year. The number of volunteers decreased to only 67 from a high of over 90 last year. On Monday, 6 adults and some 25 kids from the School hit Miners Bay beach, giving us a total of 98 volunteers.




Congratulations to all - especially the 10 Beach Captains!

Their teams cleaned up 16 or more of our beaches, removing 2634 pounds [1195 kilograms] of debris, compared with 1461 pounds [663 kg] last year - an 80% increase over the 2012 haul. Each year this fluctuation raises interesting questions. Six beaches had considerably lower hauls than last year. But some had much higher - usually based on specific items reported below. We were on the alert for any debris that might have come from Japan - but found none. Although all materials were weighed, the category numbers must be considered estimates as much material was co-mingled. Kilograms are shown below in [brackets]. See below to compare with last year's figures!

CommodityLbsKgs
Plastic - mixed456 lb207
Styrofoam456 lb27
Plastic/Styrofoam 4018
Rope & Carpeting 3014
Plastic/Wood19 9
Fibreglass, & w. wood293133
Metals - ferrous422191
Metals w. plastic, wood & concrete4420
Metals w. rope2210
Aluminum3215
Tire floats258117
Tire w. chain250113
Wood, & w. plastic326148
Rubber10246
Complete couch - left on roadside9443
Miscel. w. glass & beverage containers115
Asbestos board & running shoes8.54
Garbage16374

The "champion" junk beach this year was again Bennett Bay where 911 pounds were collected by only seven volunteers. Give them a cheer!

Beach Location2013 Lbs2013 Kgs2012 Lbs2012 KgsCaptain
Bennett Bay911413369168Mike Nadeau
Piggott/Gallagher Bays55125020794Kim Harris
David Cove/Oyster/Reef Bays4512059644Leanna Boyer
Edith Point286130104.544Peter Askin
Kadanaga Bay20292266121Marian McLean
Campbell Bay1084994121Lael Whitehead
Lighthouse Pt/Maude Bay53248036Len Epp
Village Bay30147541Helen O`Brian
Miners Bay28137534Jessica Willows, School
Horton Bay/Potato Point2093717Susan Duncan

Most of our beaches are becoming cleaner each year. This is great news! Bennett Bay's enormous score included a complete freezer with compressor (260.5 lb), many parts of a boat made of wood and fiberglass (189 lb) and a complete couch left out on the road-side (94 lb). The latter is totally illegal and is subject to a $2000 littering fine. At Piggott/Gallagher Bays, a hot tub cover (115 lb), a fiberglass boat (110 lb) and a dock float (60 lb) were found. At Oyster Bay there was an almost intact plastic canoe (36 lb) and a mooring tire with a long length of heavy metal cable attached (250 lb). Our special thanks to Rick Staehling for redesigning our posters and to Grant Buday for volunteering to open and man the Recycling Depot on a Sunday. Our thanks also go to the Capital Regional District for financial help with the expenses for our annual Clean-up.

This annual event was sponsored by the Mayne Island Recycling Society and the Mayne Island Conservancy Society. We have been fortunate to have had Michael Dunn to do the weigh-in for these events that go back to 1992. Sue Miyazaki again was a great help in managing traffic and the sorting of debris as it came in. We want to thank all the volunteers who helped on April 14th and the school gang who cleaned up Miners bay beach on April 15th. And, most especially, Mayne Islanders thank all of you who "clean-up" each time you use our beautiful beaches.

Earth Day Beach Clean up - April 22, 2012

Debris was down this year but the number of volunteers increased with 113 turning out at low tide on a sunny Sunday afternoon and 4 adults and 32 kids hitting the Miners Bay beach on Monday for at total of 149 volunteers.

Congratulation to all - especially the 11 Beach Captains!

They cleaned up 16 or more of our beaches, removing 1460.5 pounds [662.5 kg] of debris, compared with 2,915 pounds last year - about 50% of the 2011 haul. This raises an interesting question: Are beach users and boaters being more careful? Did the big storm that we had in March clean our beaches, taking debris back out to sea? Or..?

Although all materials were weighed, the category numbers must be considered estimates as much material was co-mingled.

Materiallbskgs
Plastic-inc. PVC, vinyl, etc.97.544.2
Mixed-inc. bags, netting, cases303137.4
Styrofoam & fiberglass18182.1
Astroturf & foam rubber167.3
Metals - ferrous, & w. fabric281.5127.7
aluminum, & w. plastic167.3
copper & lead41.8
Wood-dimension lumber, plywood5524.9
w. fibre, w. fiberglass, w. metal6328.6
Glass146.4
Rope - plastic14666.2
4 Tires, 2 w. Styrofoam10949.4
Gyproc125.4
Rubber83.6
Ceramics83.6
Bricks73.2
Other, incl Beverage Containers31.4
Miscellaneous garbage13561.2

The "champion" junk beach this year was Bennett Bay where 369.5 pounds were collected.

Location2012 lbs2012 kgs2011 lbsCaptain
Bennett Bay369.5168135Eden Evans
Kadonaga Bay266121220Marian McLean
Piggott /Gallagher Bays20794139Jim Marsh
Edith Point*104.547?Peter Askin
David Cove/Oyster/Reef Bays964493Martin Broad
Campbell Bay*9443?Al Maxwell
Village Bay904172Helen O`Brian
Lighthouse Pt/Maude Bay803649Len Epp
Miners Bay7534113Michael Dunn, School
Horton Bay37.517290Susan Duncan
Brigs Bay371748Jeanine Dodds

* Edith Point and Campbell Bay were combined last year for a total haul of 166 kg, compared with a combined 90 kg in 2012.

Some of the interesting changes this year include: many fewer plastic crab trap buoys and tire buoys (49.4 kg in 2012 compared with 146.1 kg in 2011) and only 1 boat hulk. We also retrieved two single tennis shoes and a clog (no feet!) and a child's swimming suit; a basket ball and a tennis ball; and a toy truck - intact but with a cracked windscreen. Our special thanks to Bette Hawes for redesigning our posters and to Grant Buday and Ron Willick for volunteering to open and man the Recycling Depot on a Sunday. Michael Dunn conducted the "weigh-in", as he has done since we started these events in 1992. Sue Miyazaki was a great help as a second recorder.

Thanks to the Capital Regional District for financial help with the expenses for this year's Clean up. This annual event was sponsored by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and the Mayne Island Recycling Society with support from the Association of Mayne Island Boaters, the School and all the volunteers who helped on April 22nd and April 23rd. Most especially - thanks from all of us to all of you who "clean-up" each time you use our beautiful beaches.

Earth Week Beach Clean up - April 17, 2011

Wow!! We did it again! More debris, more crab floats and more 'interesting treasures'!

135 volunteers turned out: 40 school kids with 9 staff and parents on Thursday to clean up Miners Bay, and 86 other community members 'crewed' 15 or more of our other beaches on Sunday.

Congratulations to all-especially the 10 Beach Captains! And the sun shone! Our total haul was 2,915 pounds or 1322 kilograms. Although materials were all weighed, the category numbers must be considered estimates as much material was co-mingled. The comparative total figures from 2010 were 2,594 lb or1177 kg.

This debris was collected from the same beaches that we cleaned last year with the added haul from Brigs Bay. What a lot wahes up in 12 months!

MATERIAL 2011 Lbs/Kgs2010 Lbs/KgsMATERIAL2011 Lbs/Kgs2010 Lbs/Kgs
Plastics (& some nylon)709 / 321.8 737.5 / 335.2Chain-ferrous82 / 37.225 / 11.4
Metal-ferrous527.5 / 239.3422 / 191.8Outboard Motor71 / 32.2 
Tires (some buoys with Styrofoam)322 / 146.1483 / 291.6Lead Acid Battery45 /20.4 
Styrofoam/fiberglass226 / 102.5263.5 / 119.8Metal-Aluminum, Copper18.5 / 8.4 
Rope175/79.4127 / 57.7Fabrics 12 / 5.435 / 15.9
Wood158/71.7107 / 48.6Glass 11.5 / 5.228.5 / 13.0
Styrofoam/plastic mixed143 / 64.953 / 24.1Fibre7 / 3.2 
Wood/metal/fibre/tires87 / 39.536 / 16.4Boot & Running Shoes4.5 / 2.03 / 1.4
Firehose 22 / 10Miscellaneous Garbage316.5 / 143.696.5 / 43.9

The junk "champion" beach award goes to Horton Bay whose cleaners dragged in 155.5 pounds of metal, among much else. They dredged themselves up from fifth place last year!

LOCATION 2011 Lbs/Kgs2010 Lbs/KgsCAPTAIN
Horton Bay639.5 / 290.3237 / 108Barbara McIntyre
Kadonaga Bay485 / 220.0339.5/154.0Marian McLean
Edith Point/Campbell Bay366 / 166.1528 / 240Peter Askin & Al Maxwell
Piggott Bay/Gallagher Bay 303.5 / 138.8478.5 / 201.8Kim Harris
Bennett Bay298 / 135.2329.5 / 149Eden Evans
Miners Bay249 / 112.9150 / 68Jess Willows
David Cove/Reef Bay/Oyster Bay203.5 / 92.5246.5/112.05Larry Barker
Village Bay158.5 / 72.138 / 17Bette Hawes
Maude Bay/Lighthouse Pt 106.5 / 48.5147 / 67Sue Miyazaki
Brigs Bay106 / 48.1 Jeanine Dodds
TOTALS 2,915.5 / 1,3222,594 / 1177 

The most interesting 'treasures' that we caught this year were:

  • 222 lb of fish farm piping & 82 lb of heavy chain from Horton Bay
  • parts of a boat from Katanaga Bay
  • a water barrel and a basket ball from Edith Point/Campbell Bay
  • most of a boat, a truck bumper and an umbrella from Piggott Bay
  • most of a go-cart from David Cove
  • and a pair of newish tennis shoes with a poem attached from Lighthouse Park!
    "If I were to soar up into the sky
    Then would you kindly teach me how to fly?
    Once I reach the moon
    Does it taste like cheese?

    To who (sic) receives these shoes
    The author who wrote the poem above HATES these shoes with a firey (sic) passion.
    So I have given her my shoes to throw off a ferry
    and now they have found their way to you. Treat them well"
                signed
                      Neeeek

    They must have been having fun! The shoes now have a new home.

Our greatest concerns relate to the ever increasing numbers of crab trap floats; there were dozens and they came from most Bays. But, fortunately, the number of tire/styrofoam buoys was down.

Sue & Bette ready to clean up - Photo: Terrill Welch
Sue & Bette about to scour Village Bay
- Terrill Welch

Our special thanks to

  • Grant Buday for volunteering to open and man the Recycling Depot.
  • Michael Dunn who conducted the 'weigh-in', as he has done since we started these events in 1992.
  • Ann Johnston our intrepid recorder who coralled all the facts and figures shown above
  • The Capital Regional District for financial help with the expenses for this year's Clean-up.
This annual event was sponsored by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and Mayne Island Recycling Society with support from the Association of Mayne Island Boaters, the School and all the volunteers who helped on April 17th.

....and, as always, thanks from all of us to those who 'clean-up' each time they use our beautiful beaches!

Bette Hawes and Sue Everts, gloved and booted, stand ready to do a number on Village Bay in Terrill Welch's photo at the right; for more pictures of "Earth Week" Events, including Beach Clean-up, please visit our Gallery pages

More Pictures from 2011

Following the retreating tide in Horton Bay!
Following tide's edge in Horton Bay
Non-starter in Horton Bay!
Non-starter in Horton Bay!
Toby Towed the Boat Ashore
Toby Towed the Boat Ashore
This Could be the Start of Something Big
This could be the start of something big
A Boat Load  of Old Pipes
A Boat Load of Old Pipes
Rotating stock to store the pipes
Rotating stock to store the pipes
Bill & Alan get a grip on the situation
Bill & Alan getting a grip on the situation
Some new stuff awaiting weigh-in
Some new stuff awaiting weigh-in
No pipe rack at the Recycle Centre
No pipe rack at the Recycle Centre

You can find many more photographs from Earth Day 2010 clean up Gallery pages. If any one, (cleaner-up or passer-by) has more pictures (candid or posed) of the 2011 event do send them to the Webmaster so that they can be displayed on this page or in a section of our Gallery. Appropriate credit will be given!

Beach Clean up 2010

The Campbell Crew with loot; -  at the Earth Week Beach Clean-up - April 2010 During Earth Week MICS & MIRS, with the assistance of AMIB, co-sponsored Beach Clean-up; and Kids got a chance to help on their own day - thanks to Jess Willows and the School!

Meantime thanks to all beach captains and a super band of volunteers!

Congratulations to all! We had about 140 volunteers turn out for this Clean-up which included all 35 kids plus 8 staff from the School. They cleaned Miners Bay beach on Earth Day, April 22nd.

We had 97 volunteers out on Sunday this year compared to 63 last year. Congratulation to all-especially the Beach Captains! And thank goodness the weather cooperated!

Our total haul was 2,594 pounds or 1177 kg. Although materials were all weighed, the numbers must be considered close estimates. This debris was collected from the same 14 beaches that we cleaned last year.

The junk "championship" goes to Edith Point/Campbell Bay team who brought their junk in three truck loads, some of which were co-mingled. We were able to assign numbers to each of the other beaches even though they may have had a combined team working on more than one beach.


LOCATION 2010 Lbs/Kg 2009 LbsCAPTAIN
Kadonaga Bay339½   / 154524Marian McLean
Edith Point/Campbell Bay528 / 240288Peter Askin & Al Maxwell
Piggott Bay 339½   / 154 (a tie)302Kim Harris
Gallagher Bay 139 / 63Kim Harris
Bennett Bay329½   / 149371Eden Evans
Horton Bay237 / 108304Barbara McIntyre
Miners Bay150 / 68127Jess Willows
David Cove 203 / 92225Larry Barker
Maude Bay/Lighthouse Pt 147 / 67Sue Miyazaki
Reef Bay/Oyster Bay 143½Larry Barker
Village Bay 38 / 17144Bette Hawes
TOTALS 2,594 / 1,1772,285 

MATERIAL 2010 Lbs 2009 Lbs MATERIAL 2010 Lbs 2009 Lbs
Plastics--of course!737½ 586Carpets47½25
Tires [some rims and/or as buoys]483255Misc. Garbage46½734
Metal422412Wood/foam/vinyl36
Styrofoam/fiberglass263½118Fabrics35
Mixed foam & plastic180Fire hose 22
Wood10785Glass, porcelain. tiles 28½43
Rope, fish netting127194Rubber boots3
Surf board pieces53Corrugated cardboard

The most interesting 'treasures' that we caught this year were:

  • 1 medicine ball
  • 1 surf board-in three pieces
  • 3 car bumpers-from different 'cars'
  • 1 more or less intact 5 ft bench seat
  • a length of fire hose
  • 7 crab trap buoys
  • 5 boat buoys-tires with styrofoam
  • 3 jerry cans

Our thanks to Grant Buday for volunteering to open and man the Recycling Depot. And, most especially, to Bette Hawes for organizing the event this year. Thank you too to Michael Dunn, in charge of the weigh-in and particularly to our unflappable tally person Ann Johnston, whose report this is!

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