The Future Centre Trust (FCT) is hailing yesterday’s Clean Up Barbados a success.
According to the FACT, 27 teams turned up for the event, and collected over 4,000 pounds of garbage and 1500 pounds of recyclable material.
“It was great to see how committed they were to the cause, sometimes deploying 2 teams in different directions just to make sure they got a thorough clean,” the FCT said in a statement.
“From the numbers we have of the waste collected, we can say that we have definitely prevented lots of litter from entering our oceans and gullies! Without the support of our teams, volunteers and sponsors this could not have been a possibility!”
The FCT said however, it was daunting to see so much litter accumulating from beach and road users while the clean-up operation as ongoing.
“This reiterates that we need to increase education across the nation about environmental issues and the threats that litter poses to the maintenance and sustainability of our resources,” the statement said.
FCT’s Executive Director Cherice Gibson said the Trust is conscious “that education will need to be paired with legislation which addresses littering and illegal dumping and will be formulating our suggestions towards that for submission to Government”.
She added that the Trust still needs to arrange some final collections, particularly over 20,000 pounds of Sargassum Seaweed collected at various beaches along the island.
The FCT says it is already planning a special Clean Up for November to coincide with the island’s 49th independence celebrations.
Clean up Barbados, which is coordinated in conjunction with Clean Up World, an international effort which is held during the third weekend of September every year. (PR)