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Beaches to be cleaned September 15

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Sunday, September 02, 2012 | 12:24 PM    

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GARBAGE will be removed from several beaches across the island on September 15, as Jamaica joins the rest of the world in observing International Coastal Cleanup Day.

Programme Director at the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), which is organising the day’s activity, Suzanne Stanley, said a number of sites have been confirmed for cleaning.

She said that a list of sites will be posted on the JET website at www.jamentrust.org, where persons can register as volunteers

She said already, several schools, youth and community groups, non-government organisations and service clubs, have indicated that they will participate, and “we have support from several corporate entities that will send teams and will also assist us with refreshments for the volunteers."

She is imploring Jamaicans to come out on the day and support the coastal cleanup effort.

“It’s the largest volunteer event in the world so come out and support the event, become familiar with the solid waste management issues that are (affecting the beaches) and play your part and try to contribute to reducing the amount of waste that we have on our beaches,” she urged.

JET has organised beach cleanups in Jamaica since 1994. On International Coastal Cleanup Day 2011, observed on September 17, JET, with the support of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the business community, mobilised more than 4,000 volunteers for the cleaning of 55 beaches.

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