More than 50 volunteers cleared 2,343 pounds of garbage from the area north of Sparkys Drive in George Town’s industrial zone on Sunday morning.
The garbage was separated into recycables by teams of volunteers who sorted through the bags that were brought in. More than 868 pounds of glass, mainly consisting of beer bottles, 10 pounds of aluminum cans, and 50 pounds of plastic bottles were collected and recycled by JUNK.
“I’m really proud to see the youth come out and actually make a difference today. They’re showing real initiative related to waste management and more kids should do the same,” said Bill LaMonte, a teacher at Cayman International School.
Of the many items that were collected, some of the less sanitary items were used condoms, abandoned fishing tackle and dirty diapers that had begun to decompose in the sun.
Plastic Free Cayman’s main sponsor Red Sail Sports took part in the cleanup, along with A. L. Thompson’s, which supplied the buckets and tools, and JUNK, who collected the recyclables post-cleanup. Also in attendance were pupils from Cayman International School, as well as parents and families of the children.
“On behalf of Plastic Free Cayman, we would just like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of our volunteers,” said Claire Hughes, founder of Plastic Free Cayman. “It’s Mother’s Day, and we are just basically paying back Mother Earth and saying thank you.”
Other beach cleanups will be taking place monthly across the islands. More information can be found on Plastic Free Cayman’s Facebook page or the Cayman Compass community calendar.