DIGBY, N.S. – People are hitting the beaches all around Digby County – not so much for sunbathing and swimming just yet – but to get the beaches ready for swimmers and sunbathers.
Judy Amirault arranged a cleanup on the beach by the Culloden Wharf on May 14. She first contacted Waste Check, the regional waste management authority for Digby and Yarmouth, about the amount of debris washed up on the beach.
Waste Check helped Amirault register with the Great Nova Scotian Pick Me Up. This provincial program provides gloves and garbage bags and other support.
Waste Check also put her in contact with Geraldine Amirault, a teacher at DRHS. Geraldine runs the Options and Opportunities (O2) program and she brought a dozen Grade 10 students to Culloden.
“It’s looks so much better,” said Amirault after the cleanup. “Those students were really something else. They were all over the beach and going up and down the road; they kept right at it picking up garbage until their bus came at 2:30. This was a big success.”
Judy says most of the trash was various plastics and coloured ropes but also old tires, lobster traps and buoys.
“It is too bad the ocean isn’t taken care of better,” says Judy. “It is such a beautiful beach when it is all cleaned up.”
Digby Salvage and Disposal donated a dumpster for the cleaning effort and the volunteers filled it to the brim. The Municipality of the District of Digby waived the tipping fees.
People in Sandy Cove have been gathering garbage all spring and are planning on one final sweep June 2.
The O2 students will be flat out this spring helping at a half dozen cleanups in the Digby area, on top of their other projects.
Gulliver’s Cove needs volunteers
Wanda Tassel is organizing a beach cleanup at Gulliver’s Cove for June 4 and she is hoping for lots of help from the DRHS students and the community at large.
“It’s going to be a big job,” says Van Tassell. “It must be five years since we’ve done a cleanup here and this beach, the way it is structured, we’re one of those beaches that gets a lot of debris washing in.”
Van Tassell, chairwoman of the Gulliver’s Cove Trails Association, says a day of cleaning makes a big difference.
“When it’s cleaned up, it’s pretty nice,” she says. “People come from all over to enjoy the shore here. They come looking for agates, for walks on the trails, they have picnics and lobster boils.”
The Gulliver’s Cove cleanup is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 4.
Jonathan Riley is the Trails and Open Spaces Co-ordinator with the Municipality of the District of Digby.
Digby area Cleanups:
• Acacia Valley Trails, DRHS students with Acacia Valley Trails Society, May 11
• Culloden Wharf Beach, DRHS students and Waste Check, May 14
• June 2: Sandy Cove Beach with RBC.
• June 4: Gulliver’s Cove Beach, 10 a.m. with Gulliver’s Cove Trails and DRHS students. BBQ lunch.
• June 7 (rain date June 8): 10 a.m., Boar’s Head, with Nature Conservancy Canada and Digby Neck and Islands students, BBQ lunch.
• June 12: Pond Cove on Brier Island with Westport Recreation Auxiliary – looking for volunteers and ATVs and trailers. BBQ lunch.
• June 12: Marshalltown, with DRHS students.
For more information on any of these clean ups, contact Jonathan Riley, Trails and Open Spaces Coordinator with the Municipality of the District of Digby at 902-245-2861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Great Nova Scotia Pick Me Up website for more information.
In 2017, over 9,600 people participated in more than 207 clean-ups in Nova Scotia. Those teams picked up over 11,400 bags of garbage and almost 1,300 bags of recyclables.
Most common trash items found in 2017
• coffee cups
• cigarette butts
• plastic bags
• food wrappers
• fast-food containers
Most unusual trash items found in 2017
• counterfeit money
• crosscoutry ski
• plastic carnival riding horse
• climbing wall