Nine toilet bowls were among over 3,000 pounds of garbage removed from Scotland Bay last weekend, during an International Coastal Clean-up Day Beach Clean Pump hosted by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Green Circle Environmental Company.
From 6 am, the NGO, headed by Kerrie-Kim Kirton and including 238 volunteers, ventured “Down the Islands” and cleaned Scotland Bay.
This was the sixth annual event and 167 bags of garbage weighing 3,267 pounds were removed from the island.
International Coastal Clean-up Day is the largest clean-up drive for beaches and coastlines. It was first celebrated in 1986 and is observed on the third Sunday every September.
The teams cleared 1,456 pounds of glass, 544 pounds of plastic and 1,267 pounds of general waste, including 1,643 plastic bottles, 2,098 glass bottles and 1,145 cans.
“Every time we come to Scotland Bay, we hope to have a different result... We hope to meet a cleaner beach and we hope to collect less garbage than we did in the past year...Unfortunately, each year, the opposite is true,” Kirton said.
He said he hopes everyone takes personal responsibility for themselves and their surroundings in future, taking back with them what they use.
“I believe we can do better...Each of us has the power to make our world a better, greener place ... Every little bit goes a long way,” he said.
The environmental NGO, which undertakes initiatives that promote environmental sustainability events with a purpose and where young adults get involved in eco-friendly activities, had help from companies such as the Massy Foundation, Unit Trust Corporation and others.
Groups like Punchy Punch, South is Love, Maritime, Brydens and the Rotaract Club of Central Diego Martin, Massy Group, Caesar’s Army, Tribe and the UTC gathered early in the morning, headed to Scotland Bay, cleaned the beach and returned to the mainland.
In the Green Circle’s six years of existence, it has removed 1,925 pounds of trash in 2019, 3,364 pounds in 2018, 4,117 pounds in 2017, 2,200 pounds in 2016 and 1,450 pounds in 2015.