Ferry workers clean up beaches

Hundreds of BC Ferries employees take part in summer initiative

BC Ferries employees from the Sunshine Coast, Southern and Northern Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and Metro Vancouver participated in shoreline cleanups this summer to help keep the province’s beaches clean. 1,725 kilograms of garbage was removed from beaches during 20 different cleanups along 50 kilometres of provincial shoreline.

“Caring for the environment is a cornerstone of the work we do with coastal communities," said Janet Carson, BC Ferries vice-president, marketing and customer experience. "It’s a natural fit for us to help keep BC beaches clean for our marine life and everyone to enjoy."

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Some of the items collected included a baby stroller, various car parts and a can of ham. 

“Our employees live and work in coastal British Columbia, and are dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities we serve,” added Carson. 

BC Ferries also recently celebrated five years certification with Green Marine, a voluntary environmental certification program for ship owners, port authorities, terminal operators, seaway corporations and shipyards that aims to reduce the environmental footprint of marine operators by promoting a culture of continuous improvement and exceeding regulatory compliance. Of the 133 Green Marine participants, BC Ferries is one of only three to certify three types of activities: vessels, terminals and shipyard.

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