Thanks to the over 50 incredible volunteers who braved the wind and rain to collect some of the nastiest trash we have ever seen! Among the volunteers there were several teams from resorts who got out there early in the day on a very busy long weekend to contribute to the clean up effort. We couldn’t have done it without you! And thanks to Clover Fedoriuk-Russell for taking some awesome pictures in what must have been horrible conditions!
We found an incredible amount of single use plastic, beer cans, and general litter, most of which was too deteriorated to be recycled. In total, we collected 419 lbs of garbage which included 2650 pieces of single-use plastics. This really highlights why we need municipal bylaws to reduce the amount of single-use plastic takeaway items available in our region. We want to thank the District of Tofino and the District of Ucluelet for their courage, commitment, and ingenuity in tackling this issue!
We would like to thank our partners: Jamie’s Whaling Station for sponsoring the LYBC program, and the Wickaninnish Inn‘s Green Team for organizing this clean with us and providing some incredible treats for the volunteers! We would also like to thank the Botanical Gardens, Hotel Zed and Jamie’s Whaling Station for letting us use their lawns for our volunteer and trash sorting stations. And, Tofino Brew Co. and Lil Ronnie’s Backyard BBQ who provided free beer and 50% off on BBQ for our volunteers. Thank you!
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