Mariners Reminded Of “Green Boating Ethics”

October 16, 2015

The Waste Management Section of the Ministry of Public Works and the Corporation of Hamilton said they “would like to remind charter boats and the boating public at large to observe good environmental stewardship during this weekend’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda Races.

“AC events are Clean Regattas, following Sailors for the Sea guidelines for stewardship of the ocean. All spectator boats, charter or private are encouraged to follow green boating ethics by:

  • Picking up any floating plastic and disposing of it on land
  • Limiting fuel consumption and engine-use time
  • Avoiding spills when fueling-up
  • Minimizing waste by using reusable cups, plates and utensils
  • Bagging waste items into bin bags
  • Bagging recyclable cans and bottles into blue bag
  • Taking waste home with you to include in your regular collection
  • Being careful where you anchor

“During the event, charter boats dropping passengers off at Albouy’s Point will be permitted to drop blue recycling bags and regular waste bags into separate skips located on-shore specifically for their use.

“With an estimated 1,000 private boaters expected in the Great Sound, the public is asked to consider the heavy usage at the public docks this weekend and avoid placing bagged garbage and recyclables on docks. Taking them home to include in Bermuda’s curb side collection and recycling programmes is recommended.

“AC events not only bring world class sailing to Bermuda, but also endeavor to leave a lasting green legacy in their wake,” said a spokesperson from the Ministry of Public Works.

“The boating public is encouraged to do their part to keep our island home clean and green by minimizing boating waste, sorting waste and recyclables, and taking boating waste home for regular garbage and recycling collection.

“In this way, our public docks will remain free and clear of waste on this busy weekend allowing for smoother transitions from boat to shoreline and keeping our environment healthy and safe for residents and visitors alike.”

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