2016 Beach Clean-upThe 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!
|Plastics||455.0 lbs||[206.82 kgs]|
|Tire & Styrofoam floats||34||[15.45]|
|Plastic & Styrofoam||50.0||[22.73]|
|Plastic & metal||476.0||[216.36]|
|Total||3,645 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 Bay||Campbell Bay||David, Oyster, Reef||Edith Point||Gallagher & Piggott||Horton Bay|
|Beach Captain||Mike Nadeau||Elizabeth Whitelaw||Irene & Nigel Barrett||Peter Askin||Kim Harris||Sue Duncan|
|Total Haul (Lbs)||1515||75||177||215||176||24|
|Kadonaga Bay||Lighthouse/Maude||Miners Bay||Village Bay||Pebble Beach|
|Beach Captain||Marian MacLean||Len Epp||Mayne School||Al Cannon||Helen & John O'Brian|
|Team No.||7||4||4 + 20 children||10||4|
|Total Haul (Lbs)||938||158||88||88||169|
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:
|Plastics||70.68 lbs||[155.5 kgs]|
|Wood + Styrofoam, metal||0|||
|Tire & Styrofoam floats||0|||
|Fabric with metal & foam||132.0||[60.0]|
|Plastic & Styrofoam||19.0||[8.64]|
|Plastic & metal||145.0||[65.91]|
|Crab trap floats||123.0||[55.91]|
|Aluminum (returnable cans)||44.0||[20.0]|
|Total||2,108 lb||[958.18 kg]|
* Ann Johnston having passed the quill after eight years in that role!
Statistics by Location:
|Bennett Bay||Campbell Bay||David, Oyster, Reef||Edith Point||Gallagher & Piggott||Horton Bay|
|Beach Captain||Mike Nadeau||Elizabeth Whitelaw||Pat Seebach||Peter Askin||Kim Harris||Sue Duncan|
|Total Haul (Lbs)||537.5||36||198||128.5||161||23.5|
|Kadonaga Bay||Lighthouse/Maude||Miners Bay||Village Bay||Briggs Landing||Briggs||Pebble Beach|
|Beach Captain||Marian MacLean||Len Epp||Mayne School||Al Cannon||Jeannine Dodds||?||O'Brians|
|Team No.||8||5||4 + 20 children||4||7||2||2|
|Total Haul (Lbs)||197.5||63||404||25||282||25.5||26.5|
2014 Beach Clean-upThe 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.
|Plastics||301 lb||[137 kg]|
|Wood + Styrofoam, metal||274|||
|Tire & Styrofoam floats||143|||
|Fabric with metal & foam||44|||
|Plastic & Styrofoam||28|||
|Plastic & metal||17|||
|Crab trap floats||17|||
|Aluminum (returnable cans)||12|||
|Total||1,703 lb||[772 kg]|
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
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):
2013 Beach Clean-up
First a story and photo from Ellen Visser
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!
|Plastic - mixed||456 lb||207|
|Rope & Carpeting||30½||14|
|Fibreglass, & w. wood||293||133|
|Metals - ferrous||422||191|
|Metals w. plastic, wood & concrete||44||20|
|Metals w. rope||22||10|
|Tire w. chain||250||113|
|Wood, & w. plastic||326½||148|
|Complete couch - left on roadside||94||43|
|Miscel. w. glass & beverage containers||11½||5|
|Asbestos board & running shoes||8.5||4|
The "champion" junk beach this year was again Bennett Bay where 911 pounds were collected by only seven volunteers. Give them a cheer!
|Beach Location||2013 Lbs||2013 Kgs||2012 Lbs||2012 Kgs||Captain|
|Bennett Bay||911||413||369½||168||Mike Nadeau|
|Piggott/Gallagher Bays||551½||250||207||94||Kim Harris|
|David Cove/Oyster/Reef Bays||451½||205||96||44||Leanna Boyer|
|Edith Point||286||130||104.5||44||Peter Askin|
|Kadanaga Bay||202½||92||266||121||Marian McLean|
|Campbell Bay||108||49||94||121||Lael Whitehead|
|Lighthouse Pt/Maude Bay||53½||24||80||36||Len Epp|
|Village Bay||30||14||75||41||Helen O`Brian|
|Miners Bay||28½||13||75||34||Jessica Willows, School|
|Horton Bay/Potato Point||20||9||37½||17||Susan 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.
|Plastic-inc. PVC, vinyl, etc.||97.5||44.2|
|Mixed-inc. bags, netting, cases||303||137.4|
|Styrofoam & fiberglass||181||82.1|
|Astroturf & foam rubber||16||7.3|
|Metals - ferrous, & w. fabric||281.5||127.7|
|aluminum, & w. plastic||16||7.3|
|copper & lead||4||1.8|
|Wood-dimension lumber, plywood||55||24.9|
|w. fibre, w. fiberglass, w. metal||63||28.6|
|Rope - plastic||146||66.2|
|4 Tires, 2 w. Styrofoam||109||49.4|
|Other, incl Beverage Containers||3||1.4|
The "champion" junk beach this year was Bennett Bay where 369.5 pounds were collected.
|Location||2012 lbs||2012 kgs||2011 lbs||Captain|
|Bennett Bay||369.5||168||135||Eden Evans|
|Kadonaga Bay||266||121||220||Marian McLean|
|Piggott /Gallagher Bays||207||94||139||Jim Marsh|
|Edith Point*||104.5||47||?||Peter Askin|
|David Cove/Oyster/Reef Bays||96||44||93||Martin Broad|
|Campbell Bay*||94||43||?||Al Maxwell|
|Village Bay||90||41||72||Helen O`Brian|
|Lighthouse Pt/Maude Bay||80||36||49||Len Epp|
|Miners Bay||75||34||113||Michael Dunn, School|
|Horton Bay||37.5||17||290||Susan Duncan|
|Brigs Bay||37||17||48||Jeanine 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.
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/Kgs||2010 Lbs/Kgs||MATERIAL||2011 Lbs/Kgs||2010 Lbs/Kgs|
|Plastics (& some nylon)||709 / 321.8||737.5 / 335.2||Chain-ferrous||82 / 37.2||25 / 11.4|
|Metal-ferrous||527.5 / 239.3||422 / 191.8||Outboard Motor||71 / 32.2|
|Tires (some buoys with Styrofoam)||322 / 146.1||483 / 291.6||Lead Acid Battery||45 /20.4|
|Styrofoam/fiberglass||226 / 102.5||263.5 / 119.8||Metal-Aluminum, Copper||18.5 / 8.4|
|Rope||175/79.4||127 / 57.7||Fabrics||12 / 5.4||35 / 15.9|
|Wood||158/71.7||107 / 48.6||Glass||11.5 / 5.2||28.5 / 13.0|
|Styrofoam/plastic mixed||143 / 64.9||53 / 24.1||Fibre||7 / 3.2|
|Wood/metal/fibre/tires||87 / 39.5||36 / 16.4||Boot & Running Shoes||4.5 / 2.0||3 / 1.4|
|Firehose||22 / 10||Miscellaneous Garbage||316.5 / 143.6||96.5 / 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/Kgs||2010 Lbs/Kgs||CAPTAIN|
|Horton Bay||639.5 / 290.3||237 / 108||Barbara McIntyre|
|Kadonaga Bay||485 / 220.0||339.5/154.0||Marian McLean|
|Edith Point/Campbell Bay||366 / 166.1||528 / 240||Peter Askin & Al Maxwell|
|Piggott Bay/Gallagher Bay||303.5 / 138.8||478.5 / 201.8||Kim Harris|
|Bennett Bay||298 / 135.2||329.5 / 149||Eden Evans|
|Miners Bay||249 / 112.9||150 / 68||Jess Willows|
|David Cove/Reef Bay/Oyster Bay||203.5 / 92.5||246.5/112.05||Larry Barker|
|Village Bay||158.5 / 72.1||38 / 17||Bette Hawes|
|Maude Bay/Lighthouse Pt||106.5 / 48.5||147 / 67||Sue Miyazaki|
|Brigs Bay||106 / 48.1||Jeanine Dodds|
|TOTALS||2,915.5 / 1,322||2,594 / 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"
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 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.
....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
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
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 Lbs||CAPTAIN|
|Kadonaga Bay||339½ / 154||524||Marian McLean|
|Edith Point/Campbell Bay||528 / 240||288||Peter Askin & Al Maxwell|
|Piggott Bay||339½ / 154 (a tie)||302||Kim Harris|
|Gallagher Bay||139 / 63||Kim Harris|
|Bennett Bay||329½ / 149||371||Eden Evans|
|Horton Bay||237 / 108||304||Barbara McIntyre|
|Miners Bay||150 / 68||127||Jess Willows|
|David Cove||203 / 92||225||Larry Barker|
|Maude Bay/Lighthouse Pt||147 / 67||Sue Miyazaki|
|Reef Bay/Oyster Bay||143½||Larry Barker|
|Village Bay||38 / 17||144||Bette Hawes|
|TOTALS||2,594 / 1,177||2,285|
|MATERIAL||2010 Lbs||2009 Lbs||MATERIAL||2010 Lbs||2009 Lbs|
|Tires [some rims and/or as buoys]||483||255||Misc. Garbage||46½||734|
|Mixed foam & plastic||180||Fire hose||22|
|Wood||107||85||Glass, porcelain. tiles||28½||43|
|Rope, fish netting||127||194||Rubber boots||3|
|Surf board pieces||53||Corrugated cardboard||2½|
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!