On September 28, SCWIST participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, one of the largest environmental events in Canada and the third largest cleanup in the world. The annual event began in 1994, when a small team of volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium decided to clean up a local beach in Stanley Park to help protect the shorelines of Vancouver. Eighteen years later, the Shoreline Cleanup has developed into a nationwide program, in partnership with WWF, which engages thousands of participants annually.
This is the first year SCWIST put together a team to participate in this event and is just one more way we’re bringing our members and volunteers together to network and participate in community events.
Beginning from Volunteer Park on Point Grey Road, the group worked its way eastwards down the shoreline to Point Grey Park. Among the items collected were blankets, sandals, a sun hat, a coconut, many beer tins and bottles, cigarette butts to be recycled, and lots of small plastic and Styrofoam bits, adding up to 2 full bags of garbage and one bag of recyclables!
It was a fun day that left everyone feeling positive and motivated about helping the environment.
Thanks to everyone who participated and we hope to see you again next year!