Marine debris is not only unsightly - it's unhealthy and dangerous to wildlife.
Each year Georgia Strait Alliance sponsors beach clean-ups in our region. Over the years, hundreds of volunteers, of all ages, have removed many tonnes of trash from local beaches!
Most of our beach clean-ups take place in September, as part of the annual nation-wide Great Canadian Beach Cleanup.
We have also partnered with PlasticShore, a non-profit organization whose new project recycles plastic debris into consumer products! We are happy to sponsor beach cleanups around the Strait of Georgia whenever a group of willing volunteers is available.
Before sending the debris off to the landfill and recycling depot, the volunteers count and catalogue the items they've found. For PlasticShore clean-ups, marine plastic debris is separated to be turned into new consumer products.
The data collected becomes part of the International Coastal Cleanup, the planet's largest volunteer marine environment protection effort. More than a million people in over 100 countries have taken part in this effort since 1989, and the data they've gathered is used to create public education campaigns and new law and policy to reduce marine litter.
If you live in the Georgia Strait region and would like to organize a beach clean-up in your community, please contact us. We will provide you with data sheets and other needs and we can help you to publicize the event.