Event organizers say beaches will be cleaned up
JENNIFER GAUTHIER/FOR METRO VANCOUVER
Members of the West End Residents Association will be walking the beaches this morning, evaluating if there is too much trash for the Celebration Of Lights to continue while CUPE workers are still on strike.
Last night, an estimated 300,000 people watched Spain kick off the annual fireworks competition.
The City of Vancouver, TransLink and West End residents asked spectators to “pack out” whatever garbage they “pack in.”
“If (garbage on the beach) looks too dangerous, we’re going to advocate to the mayor that the festival be cancelled,” said the residents association president, Brent Granby yesterday.
“If there’s going to be broken bottles all over the place and there’s going to be dangerous debris and medical waste on the beach afterwards, it’s just going to get worse after the first night,” he added.
Usually, there are 40 tonnes of garbage left behind after the fireworks, according to Susan Mundick, park board general manager.
Alicia Mulata, general manager of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, said the beaches will be cleaned up, “it will just take a little time.”
“I think that people in the West End and everybody have to understand the circumstances that the fireworks are under, and we just need a little patience,” she added.