The Vancouver Island Chapter Surfrider Foundation Canada hosted a successful beach clean up on Sunday at Whiffin Spit in Sooke, as approximately 45 volunteers picked up 420 pounds of trash. (Photo from Surfrider Foundation Facebook)

420 pounds of trash removed from Whiffin Spit

About 45 volunteers participated in beach clean up on Sunday

A coastal conservation group hosted a successful clean up at Whiffin Spit Beach on Sunday, attracting about 45 volunteers.

“It was so great. The community came together and even though it was pouring rain at some points, the volunteers were very committed and stuck through it,” said Chris-Ann Lake, co-manager for Vancouver Island Chapter Surfrider Foundation Canada, which hosted the event.

Surfrider has cleaned up Whiffin Spit once a year for the last ten years, with a goal of spreading awareness on how to consume less waste.

This year, 420 pounds of trash was removed. Some of the main items collected were tires, wood, Styrofoam, cans,single-use plastics like coffee cups, plastic bags, water bottles, and more.

“That is a lot for a small area, which is sad but it’s great that volunteers did such a thorough job,” said Lake.

RELATED: Conservation group targets unnecessary waste

RELATED: Community invited to join Sooke spring clean up

Lake said the clean up sparked a good discussion afterwards about what people can do moving forward to be less wasteful.

She added that some volunteers said they were excited to start holding clean ups more regularly in the Sooke area, as well as pick garbage up while out walking.

“At these clean ups sometimes people will show up with a single-use coffee cup, and as they start cleaning they notice how many of those cups they’re picking up off the ground, and I think it kind of clicks,” said Lake.

“They realize that something needs to change, and it could start with something simple like bringing their own reusable coffee mugs places.”

Although the group only comes to Whiffin Spit once a year, they are always willing to help others organize their own beach clean ups.

Just Posted

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

LETTERS: It’s time to stop looking for excuses

Re: Proposed fishing restrictions will be devastating: officials I understand how those… Continue reading

UPDATE: Woman hit by car in parking lot 93 years old

Driver of sedan backs into older adult walking through lot

Delivery truck downs power lines in Sidney

A tractor trailer delivering eggs clipped a low-hanging wire on Second St.… Continue reading

Stolen West Shore vehicle found in ocean off Oak Bay

SUV was submerged 90 feet from shore at Cattle Point

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Saanich Police investigate store robbery

Store video captures image of suspect

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

Most Read