Keep Bermuda Beautiful [KBB] reports a busy weekend of clean-up activities with 125 volunteers in 11 locations across the Island removing more than 4,100 pounds of litter and debris.
More people are helping to clean up the Island’s litter problem and are coming out in force to volunteer in their communities, KBB said. On Saturday [Mar 14], eleven teams of volunteers from Colonial Insurance, OBA, Fairmont Southampton Hotel and the Catholic Diocese combed Bermuda’s roadsides and railway trails to remove approximately 2 tons of litter from the environment.
Hiscox staff cleaned up in the Coney Island area
KBB executive director Anne Hyde said, “KBB is delighted to see so many concerned individuals together with colleagues and family members joining in the battle against the Island’s litter problem. The action of doing a cleanup can be an education in itself for those who participate.
“Not only do we find household trash and food wrappers but also recyclables, appliances and other bulky waste dumped without a thought by irresponsible people. It is ugly to look at, it breeds mosquitos, rats and other vermin, and can kill wildlife. All these items can be properly disposed of by residents with basically the same amount of effort and without damaging our beautiful Island.
Colonial Insurance employees and their families helped clean up in Sandys
Colonial Insurance Group initiated its first Community Service project with Keep Bermuda Beautiful, starting with a Lunch & Learn session describing Bermuda’s litter problem and concluding with Saturday’s cleanup. Three teams organized by Sheldon Maybury and Ron Spencer completed clean ups around the Somerset Cricket Club, past the Paget Plaza and traffic lights, and along Devon Springs Lane.
One Bermuda Alliance organized its annual Devonshire Region Cleanup. Sony Kessaram, Lisa Whitehead and Fabian Minors helped lead the teams on Watlington Road, Barkers Hill and Devon Springs Road. Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Bob Richards and Minister of Public Works Craig Cannonier joined volunteers to collect roadside litter.
OBA teams worked in three locations in Devonshire
The Fairmont Southampton Hotel in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Bermuda formed five teams to cover several miles of the Southampton Railway Trail for their 4th Annual Trail Cleanup. The Hotel’s Green Team has adopted the Trail and is committed to keeping it litter-free for their guests as part of KBB’s Adopt-A-Spot Programme.
The Catholic Diocese confirmation students have partnered with the Hotel for their community service project and both parties benefit from this successful collaboration. Hotel organizers Pierre Jean and Darren Chichester and the Diocese youth coordinator Essie Hans work with KBB to plan this annual event.
Fairmont Southampton employees and Catholic Diocese confirmation students cleaned up the Southampton Railway Trail
In addition, employees at Hiscox have adopted Coney Island as part of KBB’s Adopt-A-Sport Programme and came out on Friday 13 March to complete a big cleanup of the area.
A spokesperson said, “KBB invites individuals, families and groups to join its Adopt-A-Spot Programme and volunteer to help keep Bermuda litter-free. The more we can raise awareness about the dangers of trash, the more we can do to stop the bad habit of littering. Sign up to join KBB cleanups at www.kbb.bm.”