2,720.9 pounds of garbage was collected at the Foreshore this past Saturday.
According to the Planning Ministry, there was 742.6 pounds of plastics, 270.6 pounds of glass, 387.2 pounds of tyres, and 1,320.5 pounds of miscellaneous items.
Specific items listed by volunteers included high heels, vacuum cleaners, speakers, car parts, ‘weave’, and suitcases.
The cleanup and data gathering exercise was led by the Ministry’s Environmental Policy and Planning Division, in partnership with the Institute of Marine Affairs and the Environmental Management Authority.
It was supported by a number of NGOs and community groups as part of International Coastal Cleanup 2022 observations.
In the wake of this exercise, Planning Minister Pennelope Beckles-Robinson promised to follow up on legislation to deal with beverage containers.
She added that there must be public education strategies geared towards behaviour change: “We cannot continue collecting thousands of pounds of garbage from our shores as part of this coastal cleanup exercise every year and be comfortable with this. We must move from a cleaned society to a clean society.”