The 3rd Annual 14 Day Upcycle Challenge: Oct 28 – Nov 10, 2018
See Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1045129145668495/
The Upcycle Challenge is an annual event which allows people of all ages to come to Canada’s only Ocean Plastic Education and Innovation Centre to learn about the effects of plastic pollution first hand by helping us sort selected marine debris materials while learning about plastics in our oceans. This unique opportunity teaches about the effects of resource consumption, ocean conservation, the implications of plastic pollution and sustainable technologies.
In 2015, we were able to purchase a small scale plastic to fuel machine that can convert plastic pollution back into a light crude oil on-site. This offers individuals an incredible opportunity to learn about revolutionary sustainable technologies for waste management but also gets everyone creatively thinking about solutions to our waste management systems. Ultimately, the goal is to foster an environment which can begin to transform people’s understanding around what they consider waste into materials that are treated as a resource.
This year we are anticipating more then 1,500 cubic yards of marine debris from the coastlines of British Columbia. Working with hundreds of volunteers, industries, businesses, government, NGOs, artists, students and concerned citizens to clean, sort and transform these materials inside our new warehouse space. We wanted to start by thanking all of the countless volunteers, the Vancouver Island Marine Debris Working Group and the many sponsors who have made this good work possible! You are all the true heart of restoring crucial coastal ecosystems.
We hope to see you this year!
What to bring:
– Work gloves
– Snacks and Lunch
– Any music you would like to listen to (Must be family appropriate)
LOCATION: 7700 Vantage Way, Delta, BC
PARKING: There is available free parking on the other side of the road in the restaurant parking lot beside the warehouse space if parking is full
FOOD: Please bring your lunch and snacks for the day.
AMENITIES: There are washrooms and drinking water on-site
Over the spring and summer of 2018 marine debris and driftage items were recovered from the remote wilderness of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast and the East Coast of Vancouver Island. During this time hundreds of volunteers and sponsors contributed to large scale cleanup operations to remove marine debris and driftage from Canadian shorelines. Tonnes of these materials have been transported to our new warehouse located in Delta, BC.
Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards
Barnacle Babes Magazine
BC Field Trips
BC Shellfish Growers Association
Black Point Cleanup
BC Shellfish Growers Association
C-Tow Marine Assistance
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Electric Love Music Festival
Fanny Bay Oysters
Lasqueti Island Cleanup
Let’s Talk Trash Team
Lush Cosmetics North America
Lynn Valley Lion’s Club
MP Gord Johns
MV UChuck III
Ocean Wise- Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Qathet Regional District
Saltery Bay Cleanup
Savary Island Cleanup
Surfrider Foundation Pacific Rim
Surfrider Foundation Vancouver
Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island
Texada Island Cleanup
The Funky Fungus
Vancouver Island Marine Debris Working Group
Vancouver Island University
*** We will again have our demonstration plastic to fuel machine running as an example of sustainable end of life solutions.*** Come watch bottle caps turn back into a light crude oil***