Dominicans have been urged to take better care of their environment in light of a recent island-wide annual beach clean-up campaign which showed that over 44,000 pounds of garbage was collected on the island’s beaches in just one day.
Data collected during the clean-up also showed that over 10,000 plastic bottles were among that pile of garbage collected.
The Dominica Youth and Environment Organisation (DYEO) Coorperative conducted and coordinated Annual Beach and Waterway Cleanup Campaign, where various stakeholders, including several youth organizations and business houses on the island, joined forces for the cause.
Director of the DYEO Terry Raymond told a certificate-presentation ceremony at the Public Service Union yesterday that persons need to take better care of their surroundings.
“It’s alarming for us to see the amount of pollution that we have in Dominica,” he stated.
According to him, a total of 780 persons participated in the clean-up with over 29 communities participating.
“We collected over 44,838 pounds of garbage and this figure still has to be verified with the Solid Waste Management Corporation who actually collected the weight for us. We collected over 1,262 trash bags of trash…We collected close to 10,000 plastic soft drink bottles…we collected 1,167 glass bottles, that is old beer bottles or soft drink bottles on the beaches we collected 1,129 pieces of clothing, shoes and so on,” he said.
Raymond said 4,393 pieces of cups, forks, plates, knives and spoons were found and over 1,210 pieces of food wrappers.
“We collected 635 bleach bottles, 226 oil bottles, lubricant oil bottles from cars. We collected 198 pieces of metal, car parts and so on,” he added.
Raymond said that a total 146 condoms were also found. “Somebody would say that this is the indication that people are practicing safe sex, but we need to dispose of it properly,” he urged.
“We would like to encourage persons to take proper care of their environment… Persons can take pride in their country and find better ways of disposing their garbage,” he said.