Ocean Plastic Education and Sorting

Last updated on
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
Program Description

Field trips are being organized again for this year's 14-day Upcycle Challenge event which is taking place from October 27th to November 9th, 2018

The Upcycle Challenge is an annual event which allows people of all ages to come to our facility and 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 is able to convert plastic pollution back into a light crude 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, artists, students and concerned citizens to clean, sort and transform these materials inside our new warehouse space.

We hope to see you this year! 

What to bring:
- Work gloves
- Snacks and Lunch
- Waterbottle
- Any music you would like to listen to (Must be family appropriate)

Hours of Operation are subject to change.

SCHEDULE COMING SOON!

LOCATION: 7700 Vantage Way, Delta, BC 

PARKING: There is available free parking on the other side of the road in the resurant parking lot beside the warehouse space.

FOOD: Please bring your lunch and snacks for the day.

AMENITIES: There are washrooms and drinking water on-site

BACKGROUND
Over the spring and summer of 2018 marine debris and driftage items were recovered from the remote wilderness of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and residing waterways. During this time hundreds of volunteers and sponsors contributed to large scale cleanup operations to remove marine debris and drfitage along the West and East coasts of Vancouver Island. Loads of debris have been transported to our new warehouse located in Delta, BC. 

*** 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***

Big Ideas
  • Designs can be improved with prototyping and testing.
  • Skills are developed through practice, effort, and action.
  • The choice of technology and tools depends on the task.
  • Designs can be improved with prototyping and testing.
  • Skills are developed through practice, effort, and action.
  • The choice of technology and tools depends on the task.
  • Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies.
  • Complex tasks require the acquisition of additional skills.
  • Design can be responsive to identified needs.
  • Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies.
  • Complex tasks require the acquisition of additional skills.
  • Design can be responsive to identified needs.
  • Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies.
  • Complex tasks require the acquisition of additional skills.
  • Design can be responsive to identified needs.
  • Complex tasks require the sequencing of skills.
  • Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact design.
  • Trip Details
    City: 
    For Grades: 
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Months Available: 
    Duration: 
    90 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Also Offered For: 
    Packages Provided: 
    Fee Details
    Cost Per Student: 
    $5.00
    Cost Per Adult: 
    $7.00
    Fee Notes: 

    Fees are to cover the cost of printed materials for education book