Mayne Island Conservancy Society

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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

State of tides on Sunday April 30th 2017 determines a 1:00 pm start to this year's Beach Clean-up. This annual community effort run jointly by the Conservancy and the Mayne Island Recycling Society makes a big difference to the appearance of our coves and bays. Winter storms deposit and amazing range of detritus on our beaches which is collected by Mayne Island residents and visitors, then sorted, classified and weighed at the recycle centre and transported off island for "best use" where possible



Want to help and ready for a couple of hours on our shores? Pick your beach and phone the "Captain" listed on the poster to the right. You may find that your chosen roster is already filled with volunteers, but there is no doubt you will be referred where most needed.

  • 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]
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

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 Program Archive

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