Help make our beaches beautiful: Vancouver's largest shoreline cleanup is this weekend

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There’s nothing worse than going to the beach, only to find the area littered with garbage.

Surfrider Foundation Vancouver (SFV) feels the same, as the group has organized the city’s largest shoreline cleanup ever for this upcoming weekend.

“In July, our research team found 4563 cigarette butts in only 100 meters of Wreck Beach. We are excited to put our mission to work alongside local government, business and community leaders who share our goal: safe beaches and healthy coasts throughout Vancouver,” said SFV Chair Matthew Unger.

The cleanup will span from Crab Park to Wreck Beach, with trash from each beach and the underwater dive cleanups being carried by boat to Kitsilano Beach where it will be collected.

To cover that much area, volunteers are needed for the event. If helping restore the natural beauty of our city’s beaches isn’t enough to draw you in, following the cleanup there will a celebration at Kitsilano Beach, complete with big ticket prizes, beach volleyball tournaments, stand up paddleboard jousting competitions and ocean themed specials from local food trucks.

To register for the event, please visit vancouverbc.surfrider.org

Attendees are encouraged to bring work gloves and a reusable mug to help keep the event zero waste.

Vancouver Shoreline Cleanup

  • Where: Kits Beach
  • When: Saturday, September 27
  • Website: vancouverbc.surfrider.org
  • Schedule:
    • 9:00 a.m. – Waste Research at Kits Beach
    • 10:30 a.m. – Registration opens
    • 11:00 a.m. – Cleanups start at all beaches throughout Vancouver, from Crab Park to Wreck Beach
    • 12:30 p.m. – Boats arrive to pick up waste and transport to Kits Beach
    • 12:45 p.m. – Dive teams and satellite cleanup volunteers make their way to Kits Beach.
    • 1:00 p.m. – Afterparty kicks off at Kits Beach

     

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