Some volunteers and organizers of the shoreline cleanups Nelson Road location.
Photo courtesy Teresa Hao
Richmond business community clears trash from Richmond shorelines
Published 11:46 PDT, Tue September 19, 2023
On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 16, over 100 Richmond business community members rolled up their sleeves and got to work, clearing trash and debris from three locations: Garry Point Park, Terra Nova Rural Park, and Nelson Road Beach.
The Shoreline Clean-up was a joint initiative organized by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Platinum Pro-Claim Restoration, and 505-Junk with the aim to create a positive impact on the environment by fostering awareness and action towards preserving the natural beauty of our beloved Richmond coastline and keeping debris out of our waterways.
Over 2,800 lbs of waste were taken off the shoreline and then sorted, ending with an 89 per cent diversion rate. Richmond dignitaries, Member of Parliament for Steveston-Richmond East, Parm Bains, and City of Richmond councillor, Michael Wolfe, also rolled up their sleeves to clear waste.
The finds included: huge pieces of styrofoam, marine nets, an old couch, tires, drink containers, and much more.
The Ocean Legacy Foundation, a Richmond-based non-profit, dedicated to removing all plastic waste from our oceans, was also on-site with information about marine plastic's impact on our ecosystem.