Community Aims To Keep Elbow Beach Clean

December 24, 2018 | 10 Comments

A community effort is being made to ensure that Elbow Beach remains beautiful and free of litter following this year’s Christmas Day party.

A spokesperson said, “Each year the Christmas Day party at Elbow Beach gets bigger and bigger. People put on Santa hats, pack a cooler and head to the public beach to meet up with family and friends. While the party-goers enjoy the morning and mid-day fun, there are neighbourhood stakeholders that are helping behind-the-scenes to make it a successful event.

“The Coral Beach & Tennis Club will allow people to park on the Horizons property. St. Paul’s Anglican Church volunteers will help with free parking. Any donations to the church will be gratefully accepted.”

Christmas Day at Elbow:

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“This event is not hosted by Keep Bermuda Beautiful [KBB]. However, KBB will put dozens of extra trash bins down on the beach as well as in the parking lot to capture all the picnic debris.

“On Boxing Day, KBB volunteers will return to the beach to carry the bagged trash and bins up the steps to the parking lot. Last year, there was 2,000 pounds of trash and all the glass bottles and metal cans were successfully separated for recycling.”

Boxing Day 2017 volunteers:

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“The Department of Parks waste collection team will truck away the bagged trash, so that as quickly as possible the beach can become spotless for the remainder of the holiday period.

“Party-goers are urged to bring an extra trash and recycling bag from home, and do their part to keep our beautiful beaches litter-free over the holidays.”

Boxing Day ‘human chain’ passing bags up the steps:

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KBB Executive Director Anne Hyde said, “Christmas Day at Elbow is the closest thing Bermuda has to a ‘Leave No Trace’ event. I am so happy that this crowd is respectful of their surroundings and, when there are plenty of bins, no one litters.

“KBB would like to thank its community partners who have come together to provide all the ingredients for a clean and safe beach party, including General Manager Nik Bhola at Coral Beach & Tennis Club, Horizons Manager Chris Evans, Rev. Anthony Pettit at St. Paul’s Anglican Church and his team of parking volunteers at Horizon’s, Parks Officer Claudette Baisden and the Parks waste collection team, and Police Constable Krishna Singh, who is the Community Action Team officer for Paget.”

Trash ready to be trucked away:

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“Last year thousands of people attended. The Department of Parks cannot be expected to do it all, especially during the holidays, so KBB has willingly stepped in to help with community service.”

Community partners Nik Bhola, Coral Beach Club; Anne Hyde, KBB; PC Krishna Singh, Police CAT Team; Rev. Anthony Pettit, St. Paul’s Church:

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“People who are planning to go to the public beach at Elbow for Christmas Day are asked by KBB to help clear the beach of all litter and debris. Use the trash bins. If the bins are full, take your trash home with you. Do not block the entrance road. Park at Horizons. Come back the next day and join KBB’s Boxing Day Cleanup from 10.00am to 12.00pm. Everyone is asked to do their part to have fun in the sun and keep the beaches clean.”

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  1. Elf on a Shelf says:

    This is a great event and huge kudos to KBB for stepping up to organize a clean up after the fact on an event that’s not their own. It would be great if more beach goers on the day would pack out what they pack in (I know some already do!). How does that saying go “take only memories, leave only footprints…”

  2. sage says:

    Rampant alcohol abuse, drinking in public in front of children and where will the roadside sobriety checkpoints be? Not even a mention of designated drivers. Is “the law is the law” mantra abandoned for certain people?

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      And Merry Christmas to you too.

      My bets are that Elbow will be cleaner today than after Beach Fest.

      • sage says:

        Beach fest is at Horseshoe, what about the elephant in the room? Does a merry christmas have to endanger others and is it above the law?

      • mixitup says:

        Unfortunate that anyone has to clean up after grown adults….PERIOD

    • Anbu says:

      Certain people. Lmao. Never miss an opportunity huh? Ever take a walk through horeshoe area when camping season is done or over cupmatch?! Guess not. No surprise tho

  3. 2 Bermudas says:

    If only they done this after Beach Fest… Two Bermudas!!

  4. yes …indeed…people are dirty and need a free maid service.

  5. Maddog says:

    Hummm wonder how many of the party goers volunteered to help clean the beach ? Just take your trash home with you…I don’t get it

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