General · 2nd May 2017
Our 20th Annual Beach Clean-up was another remarkable success. Once again, Sierra Quadra extends thanks to the many Islanders who scoured our beaches for unwanted detritus — mostly plastics — and did an amazing job of bagging it, bringing it to the designated collections points so it could be loaded on pickup trucks and then transferred to the larger vehicles for disposal.
Styrofoam and tires were abundant again this year, as was miscellaneous material from the shellfish industry—some of which could be salvaged and returned to them. But the total volume of all beach garbage was down this year by about one-third. In all, we managed to rid our beaches of six truckload equivalents of garbage. Sierra Quadra congratulates all those who contributed to the clean-up, including the bakers, cooks, servers, drivers, and the many others who helped in large and small ways — including musical entertainment by Kris Wellstein and John Walton.
This has truly become a community event. Although Sierra Quadra organizes the basic logistics of the Beach Clean-up, the important work has expanded into a self-organizing operation involving hundreds of islanders. This Earth Day event has become an expression of our deep caring for our beautiful island home, and a measure of the accomplishment that is possible when we work together as a community. It's noteworthy than not one dollar changes hands to make this remarkable event happen.
Over the years, Quadra islanders have continued to support this event with increasing energy and enthusiasm. For our 20th 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 big machines and time to the task: G. Roy Dahlnas Excavating, Sorensen-MacDonald Enterprises Ltd., Landtec Industries (Nick Richardson), On Track Excavating (Chris Phillips) and Stuart's Tree Service Plus. Waste Management supplied a very useful large dumpster, and Quadra Disposal a smaller one. All this equipment plus the numerous pickup trucks were crucial to this project’s success. Our thanks also to the Pocock family (Sawmill Bay Shellfish) for cleaning up local bays and beaches by boat!
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. The Discovery Islander gave a helpful profile to the event as did The Gumboot, and Robyn Budd's colourful posters. Delicious soups came from Gowlland Harbour Resort, Heriot Bay Inn and Tsa-Kwa-Luten. And the invaluable Spirit Points from Tru Value Foods (Heriot Bay and Q. Cove) provided additional food. Intense Rentals (Jim Thievin) provided the large tent that housed our central food station. And Coastal Community Credit Union provided their tent, along with gloves, bags and coffee.
Food and refreshments are a highlight of the Beach Clean-up event because they provide an opportunity to meet, visit, relax and indulge. So thanks to the many generous bakers of bread, cakes and cookies, to the makers of sandwiches, 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 the unwanted beach garbage. Without your many hours of work, the Beach Clean-up would not have been a success. Once again, you have all made Quadra Island a healthier and more beautiful place to live. After a successful Beach Clean-up enhanced by a beautiful April day, “Simply Paradise” seems even less like an exaggeration.
Thanks to Angela Koch for being the official shutterbug!
Sarah Puddy and her fabulous Plastic Ocean display
Geraldine Kenny, Beach kitchen maven extraordinaire