[Sust-mar] McNabs Island Beach Cleanup nets TV, birth control pills, sealed evidence bag and more

Friends of McNabs Island Society krista at friendsofmcnabs.com
Mon Jun 3 06:45:56 EDT 2013

Media Release for Friends of McNabs Island Society


** For Immediate Release

** McNabs Island Beach Cleanup nets TV, birth control pills, sealed evidence bag and more
June 2, 2013

HALIFAX—On Sunday, 200 volunteers went to McNabs Island to clean up the beaches of the provincial park. Volunteers of all ages kicked off Environment Week by “thinking globally but act locally” cleaning up the shoreline of the island that each year gets littered with garbage that washes ashore following winter storms.

In total, volunteers collected 400 bags of garbage and recyclables. Among the unusual items found on the beaches this year were: an old television, birth control pills, a full can of paint, winter toques, shotgun shells, small farm animal figures, a Santa Claus ornament, a bouquet of fake flowers, an assortment of footwear in various sizes, a carpet, a few pillows, a Waterfront Development sign, a nearly-new Tilley hat, a metal bedpan, a workshop light, a toy lobster, and what was probably the most unusual item, a sealed evidence bag that had been ripped open.

Among the recurring items found in the beach debris were plastic and Styrofoam sheets, Tim Horton’s coffee cups and plastic tampon applicators. In spite of the fact that the HRM sewage treatment plants are operational, plastic garbage from the sewer system still continues to plague the beaches of this beautiful provincial park.

This is the twenty-second year that the Friends of McNabs Island Society has organized a cleanup of McNabs Island.  Since 1991, volunteers have collected a staggering 11,000 bags of garbage and recyclables from the beaches of this Provincial Park and national historic site. The McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park cleanup is the longest running and largest cleanup in the Maritimes.

Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up a beautiful Sunday to make the McNabs Cleanup a success. Thanks to McInnes Cooper, Ascenta Health, Burnside Consultants, and Dr. Galen Snook for sponsoring volunteers; Clean Nova Scotia for providing garbage bags; Schooner Industrial and Esso – Imperial Oil for providing gloves; Murphy’s Cable Wharf and A & M Sea Charters for transporting volunteers; Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources staff for transporting the garbage to the main wharf and Taylor Made Tours for hauling it to Eastern Passage where it was loaded into HRM garbage trucks for final disposal and recycling. Also thanks to Sugah! for providing ice cream treats to our volunteers.


Cathy McCarthy
Friends of McNabs Island Society
mcnabs at chebucto.ns.ca (mailto:mcnabs at chebucto.ns.ca)
Home 902-434-2254
Mobile 902-456-9167

Copyright © 2011 Friends of McNabs Island
All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Friends of McNabs Island Society
P.O. Box 31240
Gladstone RPO
Halifax, NS, B3K 5Y1
 Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp
** follow on Twitter (http://mcnabsisland.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fa8f9fd27de7a1bbbd8d58640&id=e306371a5d&e=0c83f0457b)
** friend on Facebook (http://mcnabsisland.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fa8f9fd27de7a1bbbd8d58640&id=a6933ac40f&e=0c83f0457b)
** forward to a friend (http://us2.forward-to-friend.com/forward?u=fa8f9fd27de7a1bbbd8d58640&id=66233dc87b&e=0c83f0457b)
** unsubscribe from this list (http://mcnabsisland.us2.list-manage.com/unsubscribe?u=fa8f9fd27de7a1bbbd8d58640&id=2669644aab&e=0c83f0457b&c=66233dc87b)
** update subscription preferences (http://mcnabsisland.us2.list-manage.com/profile?u=fa8f9fd27de7a1bbbd8d58640&id=2669644aab&e=0c83f0457b)

More information about the sust-mar mailing list