Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tonnes of Trash from Vancouver Island Beaches Avoids Landfill: Living Oceans

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tonnes of Trash from Vancouver Island Beaches Avoids Landfill: Living Oceans

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Recycling diverts tonnes of marine trash from dump

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VANCOUVER - An environmental group says it has recycled almost three quarters of the tonnes of garbage scavenged this year from the beaches of Vancouver Island's west coast.

Living Oceans says just 11.2 tonnes of the 40 tonnes of washed up trash had to be sent to the landfill after being barged to Delta for sorting.

Spokeswoman Karen Wristen says the public eagerly helped sort the garbage, taking home fishing floats, barrels and other items.

She says several businesses also claimed tonnes of hard plastic, drink containers, metal, tires and Styrofoam, keeping most of those items out of the dump.

Sorting the garbage in the Vancouver area instead of Vancouver Island, where it was done last year, was more effective. …

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