Volunteers Gather To Cleanup St. Andrew’s North East Coastline

    Grenada- January 21, 2019- Volunteers of Grenada Fund for Conservation (GFC), Sandals Foundation,
    Education Conservation Outreach (ECO) at St. George’s University, Leos and Lions of St. Andrew, Youth
    Emergency Action Committee (YEAC), Telescope Environment Community Organization (TEDCO), Grenada
    Green Group (G3) and residents collaborated last Sunday February 17 th to clean up a portion of the North
    Eastern coastline. “Originally we set out to cover Telescope to La Poterie, that is, the entire upper St. Andrew
    bay, but given the amount of litter and the number of volunteers, we managed to successfully cover 1.3
    kilometers, from Telescope to Simon; retrieving 2,300 pounds of garbage,” shared Zoya Buckmire Project
    Administrator of GFC.

    The end of cleanup statistics seems outlandish because it is, and she is gravely concerned; “The fact that
    thousands of pounds of garbage, almost 90% of which was plastic, were found in such a small coastal area is
    cause for concern, and we need to begin conversations about more effective means of waste management on
    our island, as well as promote smart consumerism and discourage the use of single use plastics.”

    Environment, Health and Safety Manager at Sandals Grenada, Larissa Mark hopes to see a multi partisan shift
    in Waste Management in Grenada, “We need to make smarter consumption decisions as private entities and
    on a micro level within our homes. As a resort Sandals Grenada is cognizant of this and we are making those
    changes; in terms of waste management we continue with compacting and made the move to paper straws
    last November, banned Styrofoam at all resorts and we continue to evaluate the continued elimination of
    single-use plastics throughout our operations. Now we are also working with local suppliers to figure out a
    roadmap to recycling that can be emulated by other parties.”

    Here is a breakdown of the 2,300 pounds of garbage they collected: plastic bottles- 1,465 pounds, mixed
    plastics- 549 pounds, styrofoam- 74 pounds, cloth/sail/canvas- 28 pounds, micro plastics- 9 pounds, glass- 9
    pounds, other- 173 pounds.

    “I don’t think I have ever seen this many plastic bottles in one place in my life, much less to see them where
    they definitely shouldn’t be; in between the mangroves, in the mud and lodged into the sand. It is disheartening but at least we removed them so they won’t get into the ocean,” lamented Jonissa Auguste, Sandals Foundation volunteer.

    Equally concerned, Kendon James (President of ECO) added; “Every year cleanup activities are getting more
    and more popular yet the amount of garbage being collected continues to be astonishingly high. This is
    alarming and we Grenadians need to be more conscious of our actions as we are the source of this problem.”

    He urges a more impactful approach; “We need to be bold in our approach and collectively aspire for a
    cleaner, greener Grenada so that we and future generations may enjoy this unique paradise.”

    The next cleanup is scheduled for March 23 rd at Calivigny, St. George. For more information visit the Grenada
    Fund for Conservation Facebook page or www.grenadafundforconservation.org.


    Volunteers from Various Organizations