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Teaming up for Trash: The EU and the Ministry of Planning Clean up in ICC 2019

23/10/2019 - 19:32
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Volunteers collected close over 2000 pounds of waste at the Foreshore along Audrey Jeffers Highway on Saturday, September 21, as part of the annual International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICC).

The event, coordinated in partnership by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of Planning and Development (MoPD), saw 220 volunteers, including scores of young people, helping to pick up and document trash along the coastal area.

EU Ambassador  Aad Biesebroek stated, “The International Coastal Clean-up Day is such an important exercise because plastic pollution has become a very big problem. Millions of tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year, resulting in enormous floating islands. Beaches are polluted and more importantly, marine life is affected because plastic doesn’t degrade — it just breaks down into smaller particles which are consumed by fish and ultimately affects our health. The ICC exercise helps us to understand how deep the problem really is through data collection and to promote behaviour change with respect to the proper disposal of plastic waste.”

Groups that participated at the Foreshore clean-up included Rotaract Club (Piarco), Caribbean Youth Environment Network, BCRC – Caribbean, Bishop Anstey High School East & Trinity College East (BATCE), Lions Club of Port of Spain, Vemco and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Nation-wide, private and public sector groups took charge of twenty-four coastal sites around Trinidad and Tobago including an underwater clean-up site.

In 2018, over 19 tonnes of rubbish was collected nationally and documented by volunteers across Trinidad and Tobago.

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