Last year the National Beach and Riverways Cleanup saw over 260 volunteers join in this nationwide effort.  This year we are happy to report that 598 participants volunteered their time to this National, or better yet, International effort.  Despite that the Data Card information came in slowly, I’m glad to inform you of the progress of this once a year event.  The event went as scheduled on Saturday September 24th countrywide.  It was held between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Groups gathered at their worksites a little late due to the rainy weather conditions.  Others decided to cleanup the week after.  But nonetheless the enthusiastic participants were out in matching attire to fulfill their obligations to keep our waterways cleaner.

 

The clean-up efforts were also assisted by the generous contribution of different items like gloves, garbage bags, soft drinks, and water for the benefit of the volunteers.  Apart from the dedicated service of the Scouts the assistance of other organizations or groups like Oceana, Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, Department of the Environment, Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, Belize Audubon Society, Belize Tourism Board and Saint John’s College Junior College clubs (GECO and HOPE) was welcomed.  We seek to involve these organizations to help contribute their time in this nationwide cleanup effort.

 

The Data Card information received and entered includes 598 volunteers who collected 7,769 pounds of debris in a distance of 12.72 miles of coast and river ways.  The most collected items were 5,186 individual caps/lids, 4,513 individual plastic bags and 3,915 individual Cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons.  The information was recorded on Data Cards provided by the Ocean Conservancy for data analysis and for compilation of their report to submit to different Government agencies to try and curb the pollution and contamination of our pristine waters.  Hopefully these government agencies can use the information to draft policies that are of great benefit for the prevention and control of contaminants and to help fight it from the source.  The volunteers were also treated to water and soft drinks at the end of their endeavor at the BTL Park in front of the Pickwick Club.

Below is the break down of the individual items collected by the volunteers:

Data for 2011 International Coastal Cleanup Saturday September 24th

 

SHORELINE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

865

 Bags (paper)

3,915

 Cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons

4,513

 Bags (plastic)

1,625

 Food wrappers/containers

157

 Balloons

193

 Pull tabs

3,884

 Beverage bottles (plastic) 2 liters or less

30

 6-pack holders

1,061

 Glass beverage bottles

23

 Shotgun shells/wadding

588

 Beverage cans

1,126

 Straws, stirrers

5,186

 Caps, Lids

381

 Toys

1,001

 Clothing, Shoes

 

 

 

OCEAN/WATERWAY ACTIVITIES

 

 

78

 Bait containers/packaging

14

 Fishing nets

136

 Bleach/cleaner bottles

32

 Light bulbs/tubes

287

 Buoys/floats

130

 Oil/Lube bottles

37

 Crab/lobster/fish traps

24

 Pallets

16

 Crates

144

 Plastic sheeting/tarps

96

 Fishing line

108

 Rope

11

 Fishing lures/light sticks

33

 Strapping bands

 

SMOKING-RELATED ACTIVITIES

 

DUMPING ACTIVITIES

214

 Cigarettes/cigarette filters

50

 Appliances (refrigerators, washers etc.)

81

 Cigarette lighters

43

 Batteries

305

 Cigar tips

175

 Building Materials

99

 Tobacco packaging/wrappers

73

 Cars/car parts

 

 

8

 55-gal drums

 

 

37

 Tires

 

MEDICAL/PERSONAL HYGIENE

 

DEBRIS ITEMS OF LOCAL CONCERN

139

 Condoms

63

 paper

145

 Diapers

245

 foam

56

 Syringes

72

 wire

22

 Tampons/tampon applicators

3

 sponge

 

 

1

 bone

 

 

4

 shoe polish

 

 Total Summary

2

 bucket pieces

598

 Volunteers

5

 sacks

7769

 Debris collected in Lbs.

1

 brief case

12.72

 Distance cleaned in miles

21

 water pouch

27937

 Individual debris items

12

 foil

436

 Garbage bags

4

 box

 

 

15

 tooth brush

 

 

5

 gloves

 

 

2

 small fishing boat