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Cigarette butts collected from Victoria streets are recycled

A small program to clean up downtown Victoria’s streets has mushroomed in just a month. About 25,000 discarded cigarette butts were gathered in the city over the past month, thanks to the expansion of a collection program. A lone disposal container for butts was installed on Broad Street outside Coastline Surf Shop, and now 19 more, worth about $100 each, have been placed around downtown. It’s part of a pilot…

Environmental group urges smokers to put butts in bins

Local members of the Surfrider Foundation have a simple message for smokers: Hold on to your butt. The environmental group’s multi-city campaign urges smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts somewhere other than streets, parks and beaches, proclaiming: Beaches and Streets Are Not Ashtrays. For now, there is a single disposal canister for spent cigarettes on Broad Street next to the Victoria Event Centre, but the plan is to add…

Sombrio Beach Interpretive Sign

Surfrider Vancouver Island is proud to announce the installation of a new interpretive sign at Sombrio Beach in Juan De Fuca Provincial Park. BC Parks provided Surfrider VI with a grant through the Park Enhancement Fund to develop a sign that would engage park visitors and raise awareness about the impacts that human behaviour has on the wildlife and natural environment present in the park. The interpretive sign takes a…

Surfers, Oceans and Plastic: Karma Bag Launch Event

Surfrider Vancouver Island presents an evening profiling local businesses’, organizations’ and international surfers’ efforts to conserve our oceans and reduce plastic waste. Local surfboard shaper, Will Hazen from Barracuda Surfboards, speaks about his business’ efforts to reduce their waste in plastics-based industry. Discussion with Bryson Robertson about Ocean Gybe and plastic pollution around the globe. Film screening featuring surfer, Dave Rastovich, and his efforts to raise awareness about ocean conservation…

VI Surfrider Foundation collected 590 kilograms of marine debris

Volunteers of the Vancouver Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation collected 590 kilograms of marine debris last week as part of their annual remote beach cleanup event, Combing the Coast. They collected Styrofoam, plastic bottles, hard plastics and other junk from Rugged Point Provincial Park, on the west coast of the north Island. Items found by the group are typically sent to the landfill, but this time around about half…

Beach clean-up yields nearly one ton of debris

Volunteers from Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island Chapter removed about 2,180 pounds of marine debris from Vargas Island this past weekend. "We removed more garbage from Vargas Island than any beach we've held a clean-up at over the last five years," says chapter chairperson Lucas Harris in a recent media release. Harris believes the success of this clean-up illustrates the level of accomplishment volunteer efforts can achieve in terms of beautifying…

Win a New Barracuda Surfboard

As part of their launch of their summer Beachcomber Ale and to celebrate the sponsorship of Surfrider Vancouver Island and Combing the Coast, Vancouver Island Brewery has decided to offer the opportunity to win a brand new Barracuda surfboard. Visit Vancouver Island Brewery’s website for more details and to enter. Good luck and enjoy!