The picturesque Carlisle Bay got a bit of a facelift this morning when members of various tourism organizations and the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) undertook their latest project in the ongoing Clean Bim campaign.
The campaign aims not only to clean up Barbados, but also to educate the public on the importance of keeping their surroundings hygienic.
Carlisle Bay, popular with locals and tourists alike, was the ideal spot for yesterday’s exercise that was part of activities marking Tourism Week.
“We have a number of very popular entities, whether it’s Pirate’s Cove, Harbour Lights, Boatyard, Copacabana and so on, all along this stretch, and they are frequented not only by long-stay visitors but also by cruise ship visitors,” said chief executive officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Sue Springer, who was one of the volunteers.
However, she stressed that the focus should not only be on tourists.
“It’s about cleaning up for Barbados and having the pride in Barbados, and I think that is the message that we need to put out there . . . . If we get everybody on board in keeping Barbados clean, these clean-ups would not have to happen,” Springer said.
Project manager Marsha Alleyne echoed similar sentiments.
She also pointed out that while Clean Bim is for the benefit of everybody, tourism officials would not be able to promote the island as one of the cleanest destinations in the world if the public continues to litter.
“We cannot market Barbados as one of the cleanest destinations in the world when our guests come here and they see garbage piling up, they see indiscriminate littering, and they see marine debris all over the place,” she said.
Alleyne spoke about the education component of the campaign, which focuses on solid waste management.
“Right now Barbados spends about $8 million importing composting to beautify our gardens and our flora and fauna. What if we were to ensure that every Barbadian takes care of their composting so that a lot of that money that is spent importing can be used for other things, such as getting equipment for our Sanitation Services Authority and things like that?” she said.
Clad in white Clean Bim T-shirts, and armed with plastic bags and gloves, the volunteers scoured the area, picking up plastic bags, bottles, Styrofoam containers and other debris along the beach.
Alleyne told Barbados TODAY that although businesses in the area employed people to clean the area daily, volunteers were still able to collect more than 30 bags of garbage this morning.
“People need to be more responsible when they use the beaches [and] . . . take the trash with them back home. And if that doesn’t happen, we can do clean-ups from now until the cows come home, it’s not gonna change,” she said.