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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)



7 Responses to Cleanup clears beaches of debris

  1. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali November 14, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Every time I see these beach clean up stories I wonder where the minister or reps of the ministry of the environment are? And where is the law ready to hand out as stiff a penalty for littering as for sea egg poaching

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 14, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    The juvenile offenders need to be given this task as community service. Never have to worry about dirty beaches, heck, communities again.

  3. John Everatt November 14, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Wow – I am so impressed with these people who have given their time and efforts to help Barbados. Yes, we wonder where the minister or reps of the ministry are. We also wonder why littering is so wide spread in Barbados. Thank you so much to those who took part in this cleanup as it is so much appreciated. Perhaps the powers that be can take a lesson from some other countries in the Caribbean and eliminate plastic bags which are a major source of our pollution and enforce fines for littering.

  4. Martine Boyer
    Martine Boyer November 14, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    That’s great, but I would prefer if the clean up was not necessary.

  5. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair November 15, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Great progrm and an excellent job they did,

  6. michael parker November 15, 2015 at 5:18 am

    john everrat,
    tourism is the answer to rubbish on beaches,it is the same the world over im affraid ,spain, the baleric isles,america,when i first visited your beautiful island 30 odd years ago the beaches were immaculate, but have noticed a decline over the years as the influx of tourists has increased also in the early years when i visited there were ladys and gentlemen who used to rake up rubbish, but i will say a great effort has been done by the volunteers .

  7. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN November 15, 2015 at 10:50 am

    As a proud bajan ,it was indeed heartening to see that these various groups were able to make some of our beaches more attractive.
    As a former Elementary School figure ,I would suggest that the Ministry of Education put into effect a program in Elementary Schools that would require each School to have at least one hour each week where Children should be taught the importance of not littering.This program would in effect go a long way toward maintaining a healthy environment .In fact children should be encourage to call out other kids if seen dropping candy papers, gum, plastic cups, bottles and any other menaces.


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