FUN Society and Green Team tackle trash at Gonzales

FUN Society and Greater Victoria Green Team tackle trash at Gonzales

FUN Society camper Michka Makow marks down findings while camp leader James Letkeman picks up trash during a Gonzales cleanup with the Greater Victoria Green Team.

Gonzales beach is butt free after a quick tidy just in time for the best weather of summer so far.

The Greater Victoria Green Team picked up up 55 pounds of garbage in just 90 minutes.

A total 21 volunteers tackled trash at Gonzales Beach in the Green Team’s latest collaboration with the FUN Society.

“The kids had a lot of fun, they got really into it,” said Amanda Evans, program manager, Greater Victoria Green Team.

Garbage included 70 cans and bottles, thousands of pieces of foam, plastic, ropes and hundreds of cigarette butts and food wrappers last week.

“Even if it looks clean, once you get down to the sand and gravel and behind logs you can spend three hours on one beach,” Evans said. “It takes a lot of work to clean up our beaches. They’re impacted by garbage both from people leaving cigarette butts on the beach to plastic washed ashore.”

For this cleanup they downloaded forms from the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup website, which led to separating the mess and sending more into the recycling stream.

“It’s a great resource on how to organize a beach cleanup, what to look for and separating and recycling. We ended up collecting more recycling than garbage,” Evans said. “This year we’re going to be submitting that data to the Shoreline database. Anyone can join or create a clean-up if they’re interested.”

Learn more about online resources at shorelinecleanup.ca.

Visit greenteamscanada.ca/our-green-teams/greater-victoria-green-team/ or find them on Facebook to learn more about the local Green Team.

“It was a good beach for us, and we will be going back Aug. 17,” Evans said. Volunteers are welcome to meet at the bathroom near Crescent Street and Ross Road for a 10 a.m. start.

 

Just Posted

Impaired driver crashes into Victoria police vehicle, injures officer

Cook Street collision occured in the early morning hours of Tuesday

Artists engage as Oak Bay Arts and Culture Fortnight continues

Saturday features walking, bus tours of painted pianos

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

Bowls BC mixed pairs playdown provincials start Friday in Oak Bay

Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club hosts the Bowls BC Provincial Mixed Pairs… Continue reading

Weekend collisions keep West Shore RCMP busy

Officers responded to three separate incidents within the span of one hour

Reader photos: Greater Victoria’s hazy skies

Lingering smoke from wildfires contributed to the province issuing a smoky skies bulletin

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

B.C. creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Vehicle catches fire near Vancouver Island provincial park

Fire shut down Highway 4 in both directions

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada, sources say

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides used by farmers and hobby gardeners alike

Most Read