Marine Debris in B.C.

Marine debris encompasses waste that can be found in the marine environment or on coastal beaches. The most common items found at B.C. shoreline clean-ups are cigarette filters, followed by broken-down plastic pieces, food wrappers and other single-use plastic items. Remote beach marine debris has a different make-up with more polyfoam (StyrofoamTM) and rope and fewer cigarette filters.

What are the most practical ways to clean up marine debris and marine-sourced plastics already on the ocean floor without the material ending up in landfills?

Prevention Ideas

  • Best management practices for dock construction and maintenance

Reduction Opportunities

  • Better dock materials and construction practices
  • Awareness campaigns

End of Life Concepts

  • Beach clean-ups

We are collecting success stories to highlight the improvements that are happening. We are looking for robust solutions to protect our marine waters.

The parliamentary secretary for environment will use the information received over the coming months to make recommendations to the Province for further action.