Mark McCavour and Doug Bertram volunteer their time clearing garbage and debris from the beach along Patricia Bay municipal park as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up.

Mark McCavour and Doug Bertram volunteer their time clearing garbage and debris from the beach along Patricia Bay municipal park as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up.

Clean sweep on beaches

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup continues picking up where others have left off.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup continues picking up where others have left off.

Between Sept. 17 and 25, national efforts cleaned up across the country including the Peninsula where volunteers including Doug Bertram took to the beaches of Patricia Bay Park.

“I have a special interest in beaches with living in Victoria all my life,” said GCSC volunteer Bertram. “Beaches are an important place for animals, wildlife and people as well.”

Bertram has been volunteering time, often times sacrificing lunch hours, for more than eight years. Walking up and down the beach, he has carted off everything from toys, clothing, vehicle  tires and even a full couch.

“(We) pulled the SS Sofa right out of the water,” he said laughing. He knows however, caring for the environment is no laughing matter and hopes more sign up for the national event.

“I have a personal and professional interest in keeping these areas healthy,” he said. “I am optimistic people are learning more about dealing with plastics and (garbage) that could end up on our beaches.”

For more information visit www.shorelinecleanup.ca