Baker Beach Cleanup Crew

Date & Time

Sat, September 18, 2021
10:00 am

Location of cleanup

Baker Beach
Sunshine Coast Regional District, British Columbia

Meeting Place

12499 Baker Road, Madeira Park. Meet on the grassy area above beach at 10am!

Cleanup Ended

Additional Info

Hi Shoreline Cleanup Crew, Thank you for signing up for the Baker Beach Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Wise, PODS, and the Lagoon Society. This cleanup event is part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, one of the longest running and largest volunteer-powered conservation cleanup programs in the country. The oceans are in desperate need of our help. There is an estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean, and over 80% of marine litter is composed of plastic. It’s estimated that, without drastic action, there could be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the ocean by 2050. Year after year, cigarette butts, food wrappers, and single use items like shopping bags and plastic bottles are the most common items found along our shorelines. Local wildlife are in danger of becoming entangled or ingesting trash, resulting in serious injury or death. Plastic can also break up into smaller fragments that never decompose, called microplastics. Microplastics can attract toxins and enter the food chain, affecting everything from phytoplankton to whales…and even humans! By participating in shoreline cleanup events such as this one, you can help stop litter at its source! Since 1994, volunteers have collected a total of 1.2 million kilograms of litter from Canadian shorelines (that’s the weight of seven blue whales!) The day of: Volunteers will meet on the grassy area above Baker Beach at 10am on Saturday, September 18th. The parking lot is located at 12499 Baker Road in Madeira Park. Collecting information on the litter you find is a critical aspect of the Shoreline Cleanup. Recording litter items helps determine their origins, leading to creating solutions to reduce the amount of garbage that ends up on our shorelines. It also helps reinforce the impact you are having for cleaner shorelines. You can either track your data on the Data Card, which will be provided on site, or use the online data tracking feature that will be emailed to you on the day of the event. We suggest breaking up into teams of two and designating a data recorder who can use the data card to record the litter numbers. You will find lots of litter during your cleanup, but we only ask you to count the most problematic items found on shorelines across Canada. If you find something that’s not on the card, that’s ok! Every litter item you collect will also get measured when you estimate the weight of trash collected and count the number of bags filled. Litter item tips: - Containers: These refer to larger containers like bleach or detergent. - Food wrappers: We’re talking about the thin plastic, foil, or paper wrapping around food, things like candy and snack wrappers. - Other packaging: Packaging created to contain food, like plastic or styrofoam containers. Or packaging around products like cigarette wrappers. - Tiny plastics & foam: Give us your best estimate for these (we don’t expect you to count every single piece!) You can take your impact a step further by sharing your cleanup experience on social media and inspiring others to take action! Tag @shorelinecleanup and use the hashtag #ShorelineCleanup in your Instagram posts and stories. Photo ideas: - Snap a before and after photo of your site to show your team’s impact - Take pictures of some of your unusual finds - Gather your participants together for a proud group photo with your litter findings. Please take a moment to review the cleanup safety points: 1. Always wear gloves and proper footwear (no open-toe shoes). 2. Know where the first aid kit is located and keep a list of emergency numbers close at hand. 3. All young children should be supervised by a responsible adult 4. Watch your footing on slippery rocks and never walk on loose terrain. Stay a safe distance from the water’s edge. 5. All sharp and dangerous items found on the shoreline, including syringes and broken glass, are to be placed in a sharps container. Never handle these items with bare hands. 6. Do not remove large items which are too heavy to carry. 7. Do not use your back when lifting heavy items and always bend at the knees 8. Never approach any animal, dead or alive. 9. Do not remove litter that has become part of the habitat. Thank you again for participating, and feel free to reach out to myself or Jenn at [email protected] with any questions. Warm regards, Jess Scott, [email protected]

Goal(s) of This Cleanup

  • Make the shoreline clean for my community
  • Save animals
  • Create awareness around the trash we produce

Cleanup Coordinator

  • Jessica Scott

Participants

+6 more

9/15 Participants

About this site

Description

Baker Beach Park, 12499 Baker Road Madeira Park

Cleanup History

Since 2021, there have been 1 cleanups that have collected 1kg of trash at this site.