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The little truck that could!
General · 4th May 2013
Ray Grigg
Our 16th Annual Beach Clean-up was another marvellous success. Once again, we thank the many Islanders who scoured our beaches for unwanted detritus — mostly plastics — and did a super job of bagging it, bringing it to the designated collections points so it could be loaded on pickup trucks and then transferred to larger trucks for disposal.

Styrofoam and tires were abundant again this year, as was miscellaneous material from the shellfish industry. In all, we managed to rid our beaches of six truckloads of garbage. While censure goes to those who littered our beaches, congratulations go to those who contributed to the clean-up. This Earth Day event has become a symbol of our caring for our beautiful island home, and a measure of the accomplishment possible when we work together as a community.

Over the years, this community effort has continued to grow in energy and support. For our 16th annual event, we offer special thanks to the many people and many businesses who made this event possible. Beyond the many Islanders who provided pickup trucks, we want to acknowledge the owners of the large trucks who committed their machines to the task: G. Roy Dahlnas Excavating, On Track Excavating (Chris Phillips), Sorensen-MacDonald Enterprises Ltd ( 2 trucks), Landtec Industries (Nick Richardson) and Hedefine Contracting. All these trucks were crucial to the project’s success.

We must also thank B.C. Ferries for providing free passage for all the trucks taking the garbage to the landfill site in Campbell River, to the Strathcona Regional District for free tipping at the dump (in collaboration with the Manager of Solid Waste for the Comox Valley Regional District). And we wish to thank BC Parks for its co-operation and to Susan at Rebecca Spit for her assistance. Free garbage bags and a gift certificate were provided as a special contribution from Thrifty Foods, while Coastal Community Credit Union provided a display window that advertised the clean-up. The Discovery Islander gave a helpful profile to the event. Delicious soup came from Kameleon Food and Drink, coffee was supplied by Cafe Aroma and Heriot Bay Inn, and Spirit Points from Tru Value Foods (Heriot Bay and Q. Cove) provided additional food. Intense Rentals (Jim Thievin) provided the tent that housed food central.

Food and refreshments are a highlight of the Beach Clean-up event because they provide an opportunity to meet, visit and indulge. So thanks to the many generous bakers, sandwich makers and all those who staffed the food booth.

But our most special thanks to all Quadra Islanders who wrestled styrofoam and tires over driftwood, and who collected and bagged our unwanted beach garbage. Without your many hours of work, the Beach Clean-up would not have been a success. You have all made Quadra Island a healthier and more beautiful place to live.
One happy camper saying goodbye to beach garbage!
One happy camper saying goodbye to beach garbage!