Volunteers clean up Cayman

A group of volunteers from the Water Authority get ready to take part in the clean up in Bodden Town, Saturday morning.

Beds, washing machines, a jet-ski, a stolen backpack, a blender, a mop and a syringe were among the items found by an army of volunteers cleaning up Cayman’s streets and beaches.

Over 1,500 people took part in the 20th annual island wide clean-up, organized by the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

Teams of volunteers got off the beaten track to clear up the undergrowth around Cayman’s beaches and streets.

Among the plastic bottles and picnic plates discarded around Governors Beach, Phillip Bodden and Marisa Ramgeet, with a Mourant Ozannes clean-up crew, discovered a backpack containing a wallet, inhaler, clothes and other personal items. Police later confirmed it had been stolen earlier this year and efforts are now being made to return it to the owner.

It was not the only unusual find, said Ms. Ramgeet.

“There were all kinds of items. Bedsheets, a mop and bucket, clothes, someone found a bra strap. There seemed to be a lot of things left over from camping.”

The detritus along South Sound, where Assaf Marx, Michal Ben Ari, Roman Dagesh and Tamar Yossef were part of a KPMG clean-up crew, was equally eye-opening. A blender and a large rake as well as around 50 bags of garbage were collected in the area.

“If you look at the stretches of beach they are mostly clean, but once you step off the main areas there is a whole bunch of strange stuff,” said Ms. Ben Ari.

On Willie Farrington Drive in West Bay, broken televisions, a computer and a jet-ski were among the discarded items.

“There is a lot of stuff just thrown on the side of the road. I think the residents are getting very frustrated, because a lot of them came out to thank us,” said Becca Whiteside, who was cleaning up with Phil Whiteside, Emma Deeney and Lisa Bodden.

Wil Pineau, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, said it had been a great effort from all involved.

“Some of the stuff people are finding is amazing,” he added.