By Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
I don’t know about you, but seeing litter strewn on roadsides, city streets, parks and beaches is one of my pet peeves.
I went to Gonzales Bay Beach, a lovely cove on the edge of Victoria, British Columbia, to collect and tabulate garbage this morning. It was the second time I participated in the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Our group met at 10:00 am on a very sunny but windy September Saturday morning. We got our gloves and our garbage bags and our tally sheets and headed on down the trail to the beach.
We combed that beach for an hour and a half looking for every spec of garbage in plain site. We didn’t find anything too gross, which was a relief — just lots of cigarette butts (in the hundreds, I’m sure), pop and beer cans, unidentifiable pieces of plastic and bits of paper. One girl in my group found one side of a plastic crate, bigger than a square foot in size. I thought that was the most significant find of the day. I found a long piece of rope but I couldn’t pull it out of the ground, so I had to leave it. We also found at least five banana peels.
I don’t know how much of the garbage comes from active littering on this particular beach and how much of it just drifts ashore from far away lands. Either way, I think our group of 12 got rid of approximately 45 pounds of garbage this morning.
Some people stopped and asked us what we were up to and were thankful that we had taken the time to pitch in. I’m glad I was able to participate and I hope to carry on next year. It was a relaxing way to spend a morning and for me, giving back, helps me sleep better at night.
Thanks to all those across Canada who will be rolling up there sleeves this week to do the same in their communities. I hope the weather is just as nice for you as it was for us. And I hope somebody finds some real treasures!