Plastic waste

Oceans Cleanup CEO and founder Bayon Slat speaks to the crowd in front of their vessel’s crew members on Wednesday, Oct. 20. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Ocean Cleanup returns to B.C. with its first dent out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Victoria in the running as company looks for a base of operations to meet its 2040 goal

 

Ocean Friendly Business certificate in hand, Ucluelet Campground maintenance manager Damien Kenyon stands in front of their old wood shed turned recycling centre. (Nora O’Malley photo)

World Oceans Day: Tofino and Ucluelet businesses commit to sustainable waste management

Surfrider Pacific Rim proudly dishes out 15 new Ocean Friendly Business certificates

 

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COLUMN: Tofino and Ucluelet once again ahead of the curve on plastic pollution

Surfrider Pacific Rim chapter manager applauds West Coast’s polystyrene ban.

  • Apr 26, 2021

 

Surfrider Pacific Rim chair Amorita Adair, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury are encouraging folks to remember their water bottles and to drink the beautiful tap water Tofino enjoys from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory of Meares Island, which is pictured in the background. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim takes on plastic water bottles

Grassroots environmental nonprofit hopes to nix water bottles in Tofino and Ucluelet by spring 2022

Surfrider Pacific Rim chair Amorita Adair, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury are encouraging folks to remember their water bottles and to drink the beautiful tap water Tofino enjoys from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory of Meares Island, which is pictured in the background. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Polystyrene has been outlawed as a take-out option for restaurants in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet ban polystyrene take-out containers

Surfrider Pacific Rim chapter manager Lilly Woodbury touted the new ban as “definitely terrific news”

Polystyrene has been outlawed as a take-out option for restaurants in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Campfire-grilled steak on a peach, spinach salad. Meal prep kits even work in the backcountry, as proven by this industrious camper. (Marg Leehane photo)

B.C.-based meal kit company headed for zero-waste

Meal kits have exploded during the pandemic, with lots of packaging

Campfire-grilled steak on a peach, spinach salad. Meal prep kits even work in the backcountry, as proven by this industrious camper. (Marg Leehane photo)
Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson speaks during a news conference announcing the ban of specific plastic products Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 in Gatineau, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Plastics industry says its products are not ‘toxic’, urges govt to rethink label

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced six single-use plastic items that will be banned

Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson speaks during a news conference announcing the ban of specific plastic products Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 in Gatineau, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Straws, stir sticks and bags among first targets of countrywide plastics ban

Canada intends to add plastics to a list of toxic items under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Robin Knight recently participated in a Flash CleanFriday event hosted by Surfrider. (Westerly file photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim: Flash Clean Fridays

Grab your reusable gloves, bags and buckets and join Surfrider Pacific Rim’s newest initiative.

  • Sep 17, 2020
Robin Knight recently participated in a Flash CleanFriday event hosted by Surfrider. (Westerly file photo)
Plastic straws are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. on Monday, June 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

B.C. approves plastic bylaws in 5 communities, aims for provincial plan

The new provincial regulation will take between six to eight months to develop

Plastic straws are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. on Monday, June 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
On Sept. 12, the province approved bylaws banning single-use plastic products in Victoria, Saanich, Tofino, Ucluelet and Richmond. (Black Press file photo)

Province greenlights plastic bag bans for five B.C. municipalities

Victoria, Saanich, Tofino, Ucluelet to receive approval for bylaws regulating plastic products

On Sept. 12, the province approved bylaws banning single-use plastic products in Victoria, Saanich, Tofino, Ucluelet and Richmond. (Black Press file photo)
Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning

Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning

Corona killed their tours, but created a great opportunity to do a shoreline clean

Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning
Shellfish businesses, especially those producing oysters, will get some help for environmental clean-up. File photo

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

Shellfish businesses, especially those producing oysters, will get some help for environmental clean-up. File photo
Environment Canada is releasing scientific evidence to support banning most single-use plastics next year, in a Jan. 30, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Environment Canada is releasing scientific evidence to support banning most single-use plastics next year, in a Jan. 30, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Plastic trash, including small pellets called nurdles, are washing up on B.C. shorelines. (Surfrider Vancouver)
Plastic trash, including small pellets called nurdles, are washing up on B.C. shorelines. (Surfrider Vancouver)
Surfrider volunteers gather at the Seaplane base dock on Aug. 22 to celebrate a successful expedition to the Broken Group Islands. Over the course of eight-days, the volunteers filled 45 super sacs with marine debris. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Surfrider volunteers clean up Broken Group Islands near Ucluelet

“We cleaned up a very small portion of B.C.’s coastline, but retrieved a mountain of plastic.”

Surfrider volunteers gather at the Seaplane base dock on Aug. 22 to celebrate a successful expedition to the Broken Group Islands. Over the course of eight-days, the volunteers filled 45 super sacs with marine debris. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)