Roy­al­ton White Sands par­tic­i­pates in Int’l Coastal Clean-up Day

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAM -

MEM­BERS OF staff of the Roy­al­ton White Sands in Fal­mouth, Trelawny on Saturday, Septem­ber 17 joined forces with over 150 vol­un­teers in clean­ing the coast­line at the Bur­wood Beach in the par­ish as part of ac­tiv­i­ties to mark In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-Up Day 2016.

Led by hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor, An­ge­line An­der­son, the work­ers, out in their num­bers, re­moved hun­dreds of plas­tic bot­tles, foam con­tain­ers, glass bot­tles and other pieces of garbage that were un­col­lected for months.

At the end of the ex­er­cise, over 100 bags of garbage were col­lected by the team, which com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager, Deb­bie Bai­ley, de­scribed as Roy­al­ton White Sands play­ing its role in pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

“I am ex­tremely pleased that de­spite hav­ing high oc­cu­pancy at the re­sort, we were still able to pull our­selves away to come here to Bur­wood Beach and lend a hand in clear­ing the beach of tonnes of solid waste,” she stated.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the team was de­ter­mined to con­tinue to lend sup­port to the area, “but we ask the op­er­a­tors and those who utilise the fa­cil­ity to show a lit­tle re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment and dis­pose of their solid waste in an or­gan­ised man­ner”.

Lauded by their hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor, An­der­son ex­pressed de­light that they achieved a greater un­der­stand­ing of how the im­proper disposal of solid waste can im­pact the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We have seen here a scant re­gard for the en­vi­ron­ment in the man­ner in which garbage is dis­posed of. It is clear that garbage is raked from the beach into the man­grove and left there, which re­mains there and poses a threat to ma­rine and hu­man lives,” she ar­gued.

She un­der­scored the im­por­tance of the place­ment of garbage bins and in­struc­tional show­ing per­sons where to dis­pose of garbage was needed.

RE­SPECT­ING THE RULES

“Per­sons who use the fa­cil­ity should be asked to re­spect and ad­here to those di­rec­tives,” she pointed out.

The hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor said Roy­al­ton was com­mit­ted to lend­ing a hand in en­sur­ing that the Bur­wood Beach re­mains clean af­ter the clean-up ex­er­cise.

“This is a very nice beach and is heav­ily used by both lo­cals and tourists, in­clud­ing cruise-ship pas­sen­gers. If we hope to have that con­tin­u­ous flow of pa­trons here at this fa­cil­ity, we must take care of it, and tak­ing care of this beach is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery­one – the op­er­a­tors, those who op­er­ate busi­nesses here, as well as those who use it,” she stated.

Ac­tiv­i­ties to mark In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up Day were sprear­headed by the Ja­maica En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust and saw thou­sands of vol­un­teers join­ing forces is­land­wide to lo­cate and re­move solid waste from the is­land’s coast­line as part of a global ini­tia­tive to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment and ma­rine life.

Re­ports are that dur­ing the 2015 clean-up ex­er­cise some 79,560 pounds of solid waste was col­lected from 122-miles of the na­tion’s coast­line.

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