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