Today, 200 volunteers travelled to McNabs Island in
Halifax Harbour for the annual cleanup of the Provincial Park and Fort
McNab National Historic Site. Volunteers took part in Oceans Week and
Environment Week activities cleaning up the shoreline of the park that
gets littered with
garbage every year.
In total, volunteers collected 500 bags of garbage and recyclables.
Since 1991, volunteers have collected nearly 13,000 bags of garbage
and recyclables from the beaches of this 400 ha green jewel in
Severe winter storms brought more than 30 lobster traps up on the
beaches of the island. Marine debris included fibreglass boat parts,
part of a kayak, several paddles and fishing gear. Divers from the
Seawolves Scuba Club hauled up old broken bottles from the waters near
Maugers Beach, and a 50-year old intact Sussex Ginger Beer bottle, and
then pulled up a toilet from under Garrison Pier.
Other unusual items included a toy rocking horse, a tiny plastic
rhinoceros, a cross-country ski and a mini Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtle. Clothing items found included Ville de Quebec ball cap and a
The bulk of the items found were plastics – plastic sheeting and
containers, and pieces of Styrofoam. Plastic tampon applicators from
Halifax?s sewage system that is supposed to be working, and Tim
Horton?s coffee cups continue to litter the beaches.
Youth groups including 2nd Colby Pathfinders and Ecole Secondaire du
Sommet participated, as well as, staff from McInnes Cooper, CBCL and
Bend Beauty Skin Care.
The McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park cleanup is the longest
running and largest cleanup in the Maritimes. Thanks to all the
volunteers who cleaned up the beaches and to McInnes Cooper,Waterfront
Development and the Halifax Dump and Run for supporting the
volunteers; Clean Nova Scotia for providing garbage bags; Source
Atlantic for providing gloves; Murphy?s Cable Wharf and
A & M Sea Charters for transporting volunteers; Nova Scotia Department
of Natural Resources staff for getting the garbage to the main wharf
and A&M Sea Charters and Waterfront Development for hauling the
garbage back to Eastern Passage where it was picked up by city garbage
trucks for final disposal and recycling.
Source: Media Release