(CNS Local Life): A record number of teams participated in the 2018 Earth Day Clean-up on Saturday, 21 April, heading to Cayman’s beaches, parks and roads to clear up litter. The annual Chamber of Commerce initiative attracted 150 teams, with dozens of other teams participating in other collaborative community efforts, including mangrove clean-ups.
“The response to this year’s clean-up was brilliant, and it is so encouraging to see members of the community coming together and collaborating on an important cause,” said chamber CEO Wil Pineau.
“Thousands of bags of trash were collected during the clean-up. Whilst it may be disheartening to know that this amount of trash was littered around our Islands in the first place, we can certainly be happy that, through a massive group effort, this trash will be disposed of appropriately.”
Among the haul from this year’s clean-up, volunteers from Walkers uncovered some discarded machinery, with members of Plastic Free Cayman’s team removing 400lbs of trash from mangroves around the Island.
Foster’s IGA, Junk and the Department of Environmental Health provided volunteers with thousands of trash and recycling bags as well as plastic gloves for the clean-up. Volunteers who registered early also received T-shirts, hats and tote bags bearing the Earth Day logo designed by conservationist and wildlife artist Guy Harvey.
The clean-up concluded with a celebratory brunch at George Town Yacht Club, where brunch partners Re/Max entertained younger volunteers with an inflatable bounce house.
“Now that this year’s clean-up is over it is important to look ahead to the future,” said Pineau. “We must ensure that these collaborative efforts continue throughout the year, and not just on an annual basis.”