Cleanup clears beaches of debris
An effort to clean the island’s coast in the last month ended with 3549 pounds of garbage being collected from across 20 beaches.
Most of this garbage was collected at Heywoods Beach, St Peter, where 472 pounds were taken away, while 410 pounds were cleared from Browne’s Beach, St Michael.
Six Men’s Bay, St Peter produced 405 pounds of garbage, while Long Bay, St Philip had 225.
Overall, the most garbage came from beaches on the South Coast, while the least was collected in the North.
The top ten items found during the Barbados International Coastal Cleanup 2015 included bottle caps, metal bottle caps, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, cups and plates, foam pieces, cigaraette butts, other plastic bags and straws. Surprisingly, a number of syringes were also picked up.
The clean-up, coordinated by the Caribbean Youth Environment Network, is part of the world’s largest effort to clean up the sea and coastal areas. As the International Coastal Clean Up celebrates 30 years it has attracted 600 000 volunteers from 97 countries annually in September.
Coordinator of the Barbados chapter Sade Deane who shared the data at the Division of Youth Affairs, Sky Mall, revealed Barbados was celebrating its 17th year, and had attracted 12 000 volunteers from schools and community groups. This year Alleyne and the Coleridge and Parry secondary schools had the two largest school groups that participated.
“In totality, the Barbados International Coastal Clean up 2014 had approximately 400 volunteers who collected over 3000 pounds of marine debris from nine beaches,” she said.
Deane indicated that the data collected would be shared with stakeholders and documented to be used in public awareness programmes aimed at educating citizens about the importance of marine ecosystems and the impact that human activity can have on them. (AH)