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Brown’s Beach said to be among Barbados’ dirtiest

One primary school teacher is raising concerns that the popular Brown’s Beach may rank among the most littered in Barbados.

Sally Steele, who led a team of fellow teachers, parents and students of St Gabriel’s School on a cleanup at Brown’s Beach yesterday, said there was a lot more pollution there compared to other beaches.


Bags of garbage collected at Brown’s Beach

“This [Brown’s Beach] has a lot more garbage, I think because it is heavily utilized by the public. There are garbage cans, but we can see that they’re full already,” Steele said after the three–hour comb of the beach and bordering bushes.

“This beach is more popular than the other beaches we’ve done. Last year we did Silver Sands beach, where there was a lot of the Sargassum seaweed, so that is mainly what we picked up there, we didn’t find a lot of garbage,” she said.

Steele said yesterday’s was the third annual exercise for St Gabriel’s. Brown’s Beach was chosen because of its proximity to the school, and it is also used for St Gabriel’s summer camps.


Parents and students also joined in the clean up

“We’ve found a lot of interesting things that you would expect to find on a beach, lots of Styrofoam plates and plastic bottles, and cans and glass bottles and so forth. But also there are some very large items.

“We found a couple of tyres, wood from boats, mattresses, sticks and pipes… a lot of things, not just on the beach but in the trees and by the sea grape bushes and so on,” Steele said.

She added that the students were very enthusiastic about the exercise, as it helped to raise their awareness of the seriousness of the problem of littering.

“We we’re trying to teach them not to liter in the first place, therefore we wouldn’t have to do things like this,” she said. (GA)

12 Responses to Brown’s Beach said to be among Barbados’ dirtiest

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes September 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks to the kiddos and those involved. This garbage could find its way into the sea. The same sea and beaches that bajans always talk about with pride are the same ones that some of them do not take care of.

  2. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte September 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Any plans to do the streets of Bridgetown?

  3. Liz DaSilva Vieira
    Liz DaSilva Vieira September 20, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    A very big thank you to the St. Gabriel’s School crew. We should be teaching the value of keeping our environment clean to ALL primary school children with the hope that they would carry the habit with them through life.

    • Martine Boyer
      Martine Boyer September 21, 2015 at 8:14 am

      I am surprised they don’t do this already

  4. John Everatt September 20, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    That certainly is a great way to teach the kids not to litter. When they actually pick it up and dispose of it they realize that people should not have been so uncaring as to drop it there in the first place. Kudos to you.

  5. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt September 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Yes, sometimes I’ve to wonder if children are not being taught in the home and schools about the unhealthy practice of littering. Children litter like it’s second nature. But adults do it too, so I guess it’s only natural for it to filter down. Humans just find every way possible to destroy the earth…along with themselves

  6. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond September 20, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    So Sorry , hope it remains Litter free .

  7. jrsmith September 21, 2015 at 6:19 am

    My take , Barbados ltd, needs proper management, bajans are paying politicians who is a massive failure all across the board, from top ,to bottom. don’t expect any changes soon. they are there for 5 years. Bajans must recognize if they need change ,they themselves will have to get together and do what’s necessary.

  8. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean September 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Come on citizens, country first. Do your best for the good of the country. Don’t even drop a candy rapper on the ground. It’s your country. Please.

  9. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I am 100% sure the used items didn’t disposed themselves around the island.

  10. Tony Waterman September 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I was in Barbados this year (2015) , from July 17th until August 19th, i was on Browns Beach on July 18th nd was at Browns Beach every day Minus 4 days my last visut was on Tuesday Aug 18th 2015, i saw this problem, they were ADULTS in the Water and sending their Children to fetch them Snowcines, they were ADULTS bringing banks Beers into the Sea with them (Purchased from the Store across the Street) I also saw ADULTS bringing food in Styrafoam Containers onto the Beach, and then NOT walking back to the Trash Containers, one of the Weirdest things i came across and could not get an answer for, was the reason for having the 40-60 gallon Large Steel Garbage Containers all turned UPSIDE DOWN, i was finally told by another regular visitor that when filled they were too heavy for the Beach Employees (Mostly Women) to move around,
    My point here though is the fact that MOST of the garbage i saw being dropped on the beach, was being dropped by ADULTS, NOT CHILDREN, and even what was dropped by Children, could easily be attributed to them seeing their Parents doing it, and thinking that it is OK.
    What is needed, on the Beaches in Barbados, is an organised, Suitably attired beach Patrol with Authority to Ticket ANYONE who is caught Littering, or doing anything else that is not allowed on the Beach, equipped with all Terrain 4×4’s they would be mobile and able to cover large swaths of whichever beach (s) they are assigned to.

  11. Tony Waterman September 21, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    When i arrived in Barbados on July 17th as above i went to Browns beach on the 18th and Steps to the Lifeguard Lookout were being repaired, new steps to the lookout were being Installed, when i made my last visit to Browns beach on the 18th, i was not surprised, but the Life Guards were still accessing their Lookout station via a steel ladder, the repairs were no further ahead as when i arrived.
    Just an Observation.


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