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The Recycling Centre Crew - at the Earth Week Beach Clean-up - April 2014 The Recycling Centre Crew - at the Earth Week Beach Clean-up - April 2014 Photo credit: Vicki Turay

Working with the Recycling Society

The 2017 Mayne Island annual beach cleanup, an event sponsored by the Recycling Society and the Conservancy, will be returning to a beach near you on Sunday April 30th, at 1pm. This popular event 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 & jetsam they leave the beaches in pristine condition. All the refuse collected is taken to the recycling depot, categorized and weighed. Last year we gathered 3,647 pounds of garbage, the largest haul we have made during the 10 years we have been keeping records.

Please consider coming out to help with this event. It is fun, inclusive -dogs, children, all are welcome, and you have the immediate reward of seeing a cleaner beach when you leave. Just check the list of the locations and beach captains let them know if you plan to participate and they will have gloves and bags ready for you.

  • Campbell Bay Lael Whitehead, 250 217-8533
  • David Cove, Oyster & Reef Bays Irene & Nigel Barrett, 5070
  • Edith Point Peter Askin, 2199
  • Gallagher and Piggot Bays Kim Harris, 9878
  • Horton Bay Sue Duncan 3640
  • Kadonaga Bay Marian Maclean, 9995
  • Lighthouse and Maude Bays Len Epp, 3111
  • Bennett Bay Mike Nadeau, 0123
  • Village Bay Patricia Janvrin

As usual Mayne School will do a wonderful job on Miners Bay - this year's wrangler is Michael Dunn

Read on for the 2016 results and tributes to those with a starring role. Here too we sing of the heroes who volunteered their Sunday mornings to spit 'n' polish our collective foreshores. We also thank the CRD for their annual financial assistance and the "Beach Captains" who deployed the enthusiastic forces and doubtless led by example. Their names are recorded on the poster displayed beside the table of weights and rubbish.

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]
Mixed plastics188.0[85.45]
Tire & Styrofoam floats34[15.45]
Metal, cable78.0[35.45]
Plastic & Styrofoam50.0[22.73]
Plastic & metal476.0[216.36]
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

Some Pictures from 2016

Boating in Stuff from St. John's Point
Boating in stuff from St. John's Point
The Bennett team with Rotten Metal
Some Bennett Boys & Girls with Metal
Kadonaga Haul at the Recycle Centre
Kadonaga Haul at the Recycle Centre
Sign in at the Recycle Centre
Signing in the load from Horton Bay
Weighing-in the Kadonaga Haul
Weighing in the Haul from Kadonaga Bay
More of Toby's photographs from the day are available for viewing on his "SmugMug" site - here

For Stats & Pics from Beach Cleanups in past years visit our Beach Clean up Archive

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