Toilet bowls and carpets among 2,200 pounds of garbage collected in Scotland Bay
Over 2,200 pounds of garbage, including toilet bowls and grills, were collected last Saturday when a group of 13 participating crews took to Scotland Bay for a cleanup initiated by the Green Circle, (theGC).
The Green Circle is an entity which promotes environmental sustainability and encourages young adults to get involved in eco-friendly activities and mobilised this initiative in recognition of International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Founder of the Green Circle, Kerrie-Kim Kirton, applauded the efforts of the 13 crews who participated in what he dubs “The Beach Clean (p)U(m)P”.
One hundred and fifty participants arrived at the Black Jack Marina at 6am, boarded the Embassy Party Boat, sponsored by the Massy Foundation and the Unit Trust Corporation, and ventured to Scotland Bay to clean the coastline.
“On Saturday, the Open Circle joined thousands of others across T&T and the world in cleaning up our coastlines. Last year, 70 persons participated in this Clean (p)U(m)P, and this year, we welcomed more participants - 150 persons - who all chose to “Clean (p)U(m)P ” for a cause. We took these willing adults to Scotland Bay with music and vibes, we cleaned the beach, and we returned to mainland in true Trinbagonian fashion – with more music and even a surprise performance from Iwer George," said Kirton.
He, however, lamented that the amount of waste removed this year surpassed the 1400 pounds cleared from the Bay in 2015.
"That figure was thought to be magnanimous at the time. This year, however, the amount of waste removed increased by 63 percent to 2,200 pounds," he said.
The GC Founder pointed out that in 2016, the findings at Scotland Bay were disturbing, to say the least. Two ceramic toilet bowls, a gas tank, a toothbrush, a latrine, five grills, four carpets, one knife, an antenna, car parts, a rake and clothing were all found at the site, among numerous other items of trash. The most common item found was plastic bottles.
Kirton urged the citizens of T&T to do their part to ensure the sustainability of our coastlines and beaches for future generations.
“Garbage in our coastal waters compromises our health, the health of our wildlife and the fishermen and other livelihoods that depend on a healthy ocean; it threatens tourism and recreation and it complicates shipping and transportation (and even boat cruises!) by causing navigation hazards. The garbage we see on beaches and on the ocean’s surface is just a taste of what lies unseen, ‘under the sea’. But if we each do our part to stop garbage from reaching the water, endangering our wildlife and ruining our beaches, we can ensure the sustainability of our coastlines for generations to come," he advised.
This year, in addition to cleaning the surface of Scotland Bay, theGC partnered with the Trinidad & Tobago Eco Divers, an NGO whose aim is to protect marine life. Eco Divers assumed underwater cleanup while 150 others, all part of participating crews, cleaned the beach and shoreline.
The Unit Trust Corporation’s team hauled the largest amount of garbage – a total of 401lbs, and with that, won themselves a bottle of Moët Gold Magnum, sponsored by Brydens. In second place was MWF, a fitness group who collected 318 pounds of trash and won themselves a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka, also provided by Brydens.
All In Fitness, who collected 303 pounds, received a hamper donated by Bermudez. All other crews also received prizes which served as motivation for their efforts at cleaning up Scotland Bay. These ranged from cases of beer, provided by the Carib Brewery, to bottles of Johnny Walker and Hennessy, offered by Brydens. The 13 participating crews were:
· All In Fitness
· BessLime Experience
· Dirty Dozen J'ouvert
· Entice Carnival T&T
· Green Warriors
· Initiate Novelty
· Outdoor-TT Club
· THE LOST TRIBE
· TRIBE Carnival
· Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation
· Webe TheFun
It is the Green Circle Founder’s wish to see far less garbage collected at next year’s Beach Clean (p)U(m)P, as he calls on the citizens of T&T to act responsibly and clean up after themselves.
“A little goes a long way,” he said, while thanking the Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development, the Trinidad and Tobago Coastal Cleanup Coordinating Committee and all sponsors for their assistance in making his Beach Clean (p)U(m)P initiative a reality.
Worldwide, more than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. In the previous year, 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pounds of garbage. International 2016 figures are still to be tallied, however, on Saturday at Scotland Bay Trinidad alone, approximately 2,261 pounds of waste (including glass waste, plastic waste and general waste) was removed from the coastline.