Hundreds of volunteers cleared almost a ton of litter and plastics from Cayman’s beaches as part of World Clean Up Day on Saturday.
Led by non-profit Plastic Free Cayman, various community groups were out in force on all three islands.
In Grand Cayman, the focus was on Colliers Beach in East End and Barkers in West Bay.
At Barkers alone, three truckloads of trash weighing more than 1,000 pounds were removed from the coast in less than two hours.
In East End, volunteers removed more than 300 pounds of rubbish. Groups working at Coconut Beach in Cayman Brac and at Point of Sand in Little Cayman shifted similar amounts of debris.
Rotary clubs, schools, non-profit organisations, banks, local business and Miss World Cayman joined in Saturday’s efforts in order to raise awareness concerning plastic pollution while helping to keep the islands clean.
The nationwide effort was part of a massive global day of action aimed at combating waste, including marine debris.
Claire Hughes, founder of Plastic Free Cayman, said, “We are so inspired by everyone’s willingness to help clean up our beaches, but this is just a part of the bigger picture. We need change at individual, business and government levels. The Cayman Islands government needs to take action immediately to help address the latest news that the Caribbean islands are the biggest polluters per capita in the world.
“By stopping importing so much plastic, we can send a clear message to corporations, that they need to change to sustainable packaging and they need to do it with urgency.”
Forbes magazine reported last week that Caribbean islands are among the worst offenders for plastic pollution when the statistics are analysed on a per capita basis.
Plastic Free Cayman is encouraging individuals, businesses and schools to take the 345 Pledge, which offers practical solutions to cutting down on single-use plastic.
Go to www.plasticfreecayman.com for more information.