On September 25, 2016, the Green Coast Rubbish team, along with other volunteers from the community, took time out of their busy schedules to clean up the Tempe Heights Pond area in North Vancouver in participation with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a conservation effort of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada, does amazing work each and every year to mobilize volunteers to cleanup litter on Canadian beaches.

In this case, the Tempe Heights Pond in Lynn Valley is a safe nesting and breeding place for birds, turtles and blue herons. The pond is sometimes used as a late night party spot leading to a lot of garbage being left behind.

The Green Coast Rubbish team put some muscle into solving the litter problem at the pond, covering a lot of ground and picking up all kinds of garbage and recycling in the area.

Tempe Pond Shoreline Cleanup

The team removed the following items from the Tempe Heights Pond and surrounding forest:

  • 381.6 pounds of trash
  • 77 cigarette butts
  • 105 grocery bags and plastic bags
  • 48 bottles
  • 42 cans
  • Large speaker
  • Large cardboard boxes
  • Clothing
  • And loads of other nasty stuff

“It was a great day to be out with the team at Tempe Heights Pond,” says Eamonn Duignan, President & CEO of Green Coast Rubbish.

“Being a part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup was very rewarding and our team went all in with their cleanup efforts at the pond. I really encourage residents to organize or take part in a shoreline cleanup event in their community. It’s so worthwhile!”

Thank you to the City of North Vancouver for their support in providing clean-up materials for our Shoreline Cleanup adventure at Tempe Heights Pond.

For more information about the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and to get involved, visit shorecleanup.ca.