Sunday 20 October, 2019

Over 1,000 pounds of garbage collected at local beach clean-up

Over the weekend, The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Barbados’ initiative conducted a clean-up exercise at a number of beaches across the island.

The Barbados International Coastal Cleanup (BICC), which commenced on September 7, involved a mass clean-up of 11 beaches in the St. Michael and Christ Church area- Carlisle Bay, Pebbles Beach, Drill Hall, Hastings Boardwalk, Worthing Beach, Dover Beach, Welches Beach, Maxwell Beach , Oistins ( Bay Garden), Silver Sands and Long Beach on Saturday. 

 

The clean-up amassed approximately 1,250 pounds of waste. This included items such as hangers, shoes, underwear, car tyres, purses, iron chairs, cash registers, carpets and  car parts.

Various types of plastics were also seen at the clean-up as well plastic alternatives such as takeaway containers, cutlery, straws, cups and plates, however they were not found in alarming amounts.

Participants at the clean-up included individuals, groups, schools, service organizations, companies and development agencies.

Some of the groups involved on ICC Day included the European Union, Sagicor, UNDP-Blue Lab,  Rotaract West- St Kitts- Nevis Student Association, Lions  Club of Bridgetown, Junior Chambers International, United Youth Leaders, Christ Church Girls Blossoms, Vauxhall Primary, Dare to Care, Barbados Bottling Company and Pine Hill Dairy. 

Next Sunday’s clean-up will focus on the West Coast beaches and will commence at 6 am.

From 2015-2018, the CYEN has collected 126,400 pieces of marine debris island-wide. This year’s coastal cleanup entitled “Barbados Free from Marine Debris,” encourages waste segregation and the identification of alternatives to single use plastics among the debris.  

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