May 19, 2023 Events, News

World Oceans Day is coming up on June 8th. To honour this day of care for our oceans, GIRR invites community members to participate in a self-organized beach cleanup event. For one weekend in June, GIRR will accept all beach litter found on Galiano beaches, collected and delivered to us. Here’s how it works:

• Between now and June 10th, plan a beach walk and cleanup. Invite your friends and family to join!
• Bring clear plastic bags for collecting items off the beach. Bags will be available at the depot in advance, until we run out.
• On the weekend of June 9th & 10th, bring your beach collection bags in during regular depot hours. We’ll have a designated sorting area set up, so please check in with our staff and volunteers when you arrive. Bonus points for those who pre-sort the items that fit into our standard depot recycling categories!
• If you like sharing photographs, post pictures of your beach cleanup walk. Tag us (on Facebook @GIRR – Galiano Island Recycling Resources; or on our Instagram pages @galianorecycles & @galianoredirectory) to help inspire others to participate too.

For this beach cleanup event, we are very happy to be working with the guidelines of the Ocean Plastic Depot in Richmond who will recycle marine and fisheries debris that are collected from our beaches. Examples of what they can accept: oyster baskets & crab pots, rope, foam floats, netting, barrels, plastic buoys, and clean, white marine styrofoam.

To go the extra mile for our oceans and our community, please consider donating some time at the depot to help sort the materials coming in. Our goal is to recycle as much material as possible, diverting all that we can from the landfill, and leaving our beaches better than before.

Our thanks go out the CRD’s Community Clean-up Assistance Program for funding this event, and to the Ocean Plastic Depot in Richmond for all they do for our oceans.

Be in touch with Renée at for more information on volunteering and the beach cleanup.

Looking forward to seeing what we can clean off our beaches!

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