GBF 2020 - Fall

Georgian Bay Forever thanks these funders and volunteers for their contributions to mitigating PS foam pollution, part of GBF’s Divert and Capture project. This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the RBC Foundation, Patagonia, J.P. Bickell Foundation, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, LUSH, The LeVan Family Foundation, The Charles H. Ivey Foun- dation, the Township of The Archipelago and GBF’s many passionate donors. Our deep appreciation goes to the “Say No” to Dock Foam Committee comprised of staff and volunteers. Thank you especially to volunteers: Peter Adams, Stella Juhāsz, Erika Kramer, Sue McPhedran, Brenda Royce, Sandy Thompson. Thank you to GBFs Brooke Harrison and Heather Sargeant, and the University of Toronto’s Lisa Erdle for their contributions. A final thanks to all the sellers, and environmental managers who provided information when interviewed. Lots of BIG pieces of PS dock foam in a shoreline cleanup, photo courtesy of the South Channel Association. Big pieces of unencapsulated PS Foam fragment into smaller and smaller pieces, littering the shoreline. TOP 5 LITTER ITEMS IN 2020 YOU DID 16 SHORELINE CLEANUPS, CLEANED 6310 M, AND PICKED UP 299 LBS. HERE WERE THE TOP OFFENDERS: *Submissions compiled as of August 24, 2020 Please accept our sincere congratulations on this, the 25th anniversary of Georgian Bay Forever! We’ve been especially fortunate to have you as a partner in the Divert and Capture program—diverting microplastics from Georgian Bay and the entire ecosystem it supports. Thanks for your work in helping to preserve the life-giving waters of Georgian Bay—forever. Mayor Jamie McGarvey, Town of Parry Sound Thank you Parry Sound. Parry Sound has partnered with GBF on a 2-year study to identify how many microfibres can be diverted from 100 household washing machines (spoiler alert—preliminary results indicate millions daily). TOP 5 ITEMS (combined cleanups) RANKING: Residential shorelines (small household teams) RANKING: Beaches, parks, trails (bigger teams) Plastic pieces big and small (unidentified origin) #1 #1 Cigarette butts #3 #2 Food candy wrappers #4 #3 Paper items N/A (#5 styrofoam packaging) #4 “Dock” foam– large and small pieces #2 #5 TAKEAWAYS Too much discarded plastic. 60% of the litter items picked up were fragmented and degraded plastic pieces (source was unidentifiable to the naked eye). 10 million kilograms of plastic litter enter the Great Lakes each year. It's not easy, but we can all work towards choosing to refuse plastic products when we don't need them (e.g. straws), and/or find used plastic prod- ucts (e.g.. buy used toys, or products made with recycled plastic), and/or choosing products that have less plastic packaging or a high percentage of recycled plastic. Properly dispose or secure potential litter so it doesn't end up in the water (e.g.: cigarette butts, masks, bottle caps, wrappers, plastic gloves etc.). GBF.ORG | FALL 2020 | 5 SAYING “NO” TO DOCK FOAM