Volunteers participate in North Sound inlet cleanup

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.

Children get involved with the coastal cleanup, picking up plastic debris and garbage out of the trees and grass. – Photo: Milo Dack

“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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Plastic free Cayman Islands , I would completely agree with that 100% , and we should go back to all paper and thatch palm baskets like before in years gone by . The Supermarket should give a 10% of your grocery bill if you have a reusable basket for your groceries . But we cannot continue to use plastic and other non degradable products that are filling up the envirnment and ocean .
    Then the government should double the littering fine and enforce the littering law , and one should be able to be prosecuted by just producing a photo of one dumping garbage illegally or just tossing it out your car window .
    The government should offer a good reward for turning in anyone who litter .

  2. so this is the future our children face? Shocking, depressing, incomprehensible. Who are the people who trush the paradize? Locals? 2.5 mil. Visitors? Why would they do that? It is not like the visitors are from the countries where litering is normal and accepted. without answers to these questions and draconian measures the future is dismal. Litter prevention, control and enforcement on a grand scale is way overdue.

  3. I have seen more tourist visitors clean up other people trash along with their own , and in the cleanups I’ve seen more foreign locals in the cleanups helping to keep the Islands clean . I have to believe that litter problem is a locals problem .

  4. Daily mail has published an article today I couldn’t stomach to read after seeing first photos. Yet, this is reality noone can escape. I would not be surprised if micronised plastic was found in umbilical cords of newborns.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5733223/National-Geographic-Heartbreaking-images-reveal-scale-plastic-crisis-impact-wildlife.html
    What can I do one might ask? Spread awarness with articles, photos and videos. Every hotel should have it running non stop in their lobby. Every cruise ship passenger must watch it before boarding.
    Meantime people like Boyan Slat are working on cleaning the oceans of plastic. Hard to even imagine, but see for yourself. They are launching the largest cleanup in history this summer. https://www.theoceancleanup.com/