JIS News

International Coastal Clean-Up Day was a success in the community of Bluefields, Westmoreland, with some 30 volunteers helping to remove garbage and other debris from the Bluefields public beach on Saturday (Sept.16).
Keith Wedderburn, Chairman of the Bluefields People Community Association (BPCA), which organised the beach clean-up, told JIS News that more than 20 bags of debris were collected from the beach.
He said participants comprised residents of Bluefields and adjoining communities and employees of Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa.
“We began at approximately nine in the morning went on until about one o’clock. In addition to the wetlands opposite the beach, we found that most of the debris was at the eastern end of the beach,” he informed.
In addition to observing International Coastal Clean-Up Day, Saturday’s beach clean-up was also in keeping with the BPCA’s Anti-Litter Project, established in 2001, to address the problem of improper garbage disposal, which is having a negative impact on the coastal and marine environment.
Since 1986, more than five million volunteers in 123 countries have participated in the International Coastal Clean-up Day and collectively, they have cleaned 130,000 miles of shoreline, which is five times the circumference of the globe.
These activities are coordinated internationally by the Ocean Conservancy and nationally, by the National Environmental Societies Trust (NEST).

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