Come Clean with Us!

Guess what? SeaLuxe is hosting another beach clean-up!

Come join the Beachy Clean gang at Crescent Beach this Monday morning (July 22, 2019 at 11 a.m.) and we’ll do our part to help protect wildlife from shoreline litter. Because, unfortunately, there is a heck of a lot of it!

This is our third Shoreline Cleanup effort this summer and we’re still amazed by all the garbage brought in from the tides and left behind from people who come to enjoy this beautiful beach.

Crescent Beach at dusk.

Crescent Beach at dusk.

“The majority of the garbage we’re finding on Crescent Beach is the trash people leave behind,” said SeaLuxe captain Tanya Droege. “We’re finding an entire party’s worth of cans and bottles along with a lot of food wrappers and containers. It’s unbelievable.”

We are really looking forward to the day when take-out food containers and utensils will be compostable/biodegradable. That will be a start. We also are looking forward to the day when it becomes widely socially unacceptable to litter. Sadly, if it’s happening in an urban part of the West Coast – an area where many care about the environment – imagine the attitudes in places where that isn’t so. It’s really sad.

What is cool, however, is attitudes will change with the incoming generation. Last Saturday, a bunch of kids in Maple Ridge hosted their first Shoreline Cleanup. There’s a photo on Instagram, posted by plasticbattle.ca, that shows these youth in front of a huge blue tarp with the results of their hard work.

“What they learned is just how much work they have ahead of them. They didn’t ask for this meses. They didn’t smoke these 500+ cigarettes. They didn’t drink the dozens of Starbucks and Tim Hortons coffees. They didn’t dump loads of trash in the creek. But they spent their Saturday picking it up. They did it because they don’t want their future to look like this.”

Join in Monday’s Crescent Beach clean-up. We’re meeting at the grassy field at the end of Sullivan Street at 11 a.m. Bring gloves, litter pickers, buckets, and bags if you have them. Stay as long as you can! Even if all you have time for is a hello, we’d still love to see you.

There will be a prize for the person who finds the strangest piece of trash! The weirdest yet was reported by Surfrider Vancouver when volunteers found three Harlequin romance novels, a pair of stiletto boots and a couple packages of condoms all under a tree at Coal Harbour.

Rebecca Dixon