|Coastal cleanup set for Saturday|
|Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:09|
Volunteers will take to the beaches on Saturday ready to fill bags with trash as part of a month-long series of events to tidy up the environment.
International Coastal Clean-Up Day will be held Saturday at local beaches, but Virgin Islands clean-up efforts will continue until Oct. 15, according to Government Information Services.
The Conservation and Fisheries Department, which is coordinating the events, is seeking volunteer divers to participate in an underwater cleanup while other volunteers scour the coast for trash.
“This is our territory and it is our responsibility to take care of what we love and call home by keeping our coastline, waterways and beaches pristine for future generations,” Jasmine Hodge Bannis, the event’s coordinator, said in a press release. “I really hope the community comes out and gets involved. Interested persons should come to the department to get registered.”
The CFD will provide volunteers with gloves, bags and data cards so that the trash can be analysed.
Volunteers are asked to work in teams, take before-and-after photos of the clean-up areas, and wear protective clothing.
Last year’s clean-up efforts netted more than 1,506 plastic and 591 glass bottles, in addition to rope, plastic bags, straw and other items, according to GIS.