The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) – St. Lucia Chapter, on Sunday 20th September hosted a coastal cleanup at Pigeon Point. The cleanup covered the area after the newly installed kids’ park to The Landings, and the rocks at the ocean front to Pigeon Island Park. CYEN collaborated with DuBoulay Bottling Company home for Coca-Cola Saint Lucia which was the main sponsor for the activity, and had the largest, non-CYEN member, group of volunteers. Coca Cola International is an international sponsor of the annual event International Coastal Cleanup.
The total of forty-three (43) volunteers also included members Saint Lucia National Trust, Lions Club of Castries, the Fisheries Department, Saint Lucia Scouts Association, and member from the Gros-Islet community; were able to gather a total of 77 bags of garbage from the selected area. The type of trash collected was documented, and showed that plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, and foam take-away containers made up the bulk of the garbage disposed of by the public. Among the trash collected there were car tires, chiller, washing parts and other household appliances, beverage cans, and foam cups and plates.
CYEN urge the public to utilize the proper disposal of garbage in aid or conservation of our coastal and marine environment which serve not only as an attraction and a place to relax but supplies a daily livelihood for our people. We call on our government officials to provide proper monitor and implementation of policies against littering, and to institute a means of reuse and recycling, especially for plastics.
CYEN is grateful for the support given by DuBoulay Bottling Company; Saint Lucia National Trust, Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management; Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology; National Conservation Authority; Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development; Fisheies Department; The Lions Club of Castries, and ScotiaBank.