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Not on our beach!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Jamaica generates at least 50 to100 million pounds of plastic debris each year, land ess than 10 per cent of t hat is recycled.

Being that plastic takes anywhere between 500 to 1,000 years to break down, that means almost every piece of plastic that has even been manufactured is still somewhere on earth.

“But not on our beach” says Environment, Health and Safety Guardians and Sandals Foundation volunteers at Sandals South Coast, who continue to spearhead beach clean-up efforts along the parameters of their resort and surrounding beaches as they actively push for cleaner communities and coastlines along the South Coast. The group's latest clean-up effort saw over 10 bags of debris, mostly plastic, being retrieved from the Bannister Bay beach in Westmoreland. The beach clean-up was followed by an environmental talk during which the resort's Environment, Health and Safety Manager Vilma Smith reiterated the importance of using less plastic, and also outlined simple ways in which team members of the resort can limit their dependence on plastic in their daily routines.

Here, the group pose for a photograph with debris collected.

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