A large group of GraceKennedy staff, their children, resident of the Parade Gardens community and members of the Tourism Enhancement and Green Generation Clubs of Campion College went out in support of International Coastal Cleanup Day observed on Saturday September 17, 2016.
They cleaned up the section of the Kingston Harbour between Hanover Street and the location of what used to be the prestigious Myrtle Bank Hotel between 7:30 and 9:30am. The yield was 521.2 lbs of plastics and 1,632.4 lbs of garbage. Prominent among the pile were plastic bottles and bags, foam boxes and corks. There were also shoes, clothes, animal remains, discarded pieces of washtubs and even an old fridge and a toilet seat.
“We do this every year as part of our overall environmental programme – which includes public education and routine collection and recycling of plastics. I’m glad that our contribution was effective as the area is in a better condition to what we found this morning. I estimate that we removed approximately 90% of the garbage and debris that was in that area. ” said Caroline Mahfood, Executive Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation, which led the initiative on behalf of the Group. “I was particularly impressed with the Campion students and children who came out to help today. This will no doubt increase their awareness of the impact that poor disposal of garbage can have on the environment,” she added.
“After today, I will be taking a totally new approach to how I can reduce my personal impact on the environment,” said one of the volunteers. “I will buy in bulk as much as possible to minimise the amount of plastic bottles I use. I will also be carrying my own bags whenever I go to the supermarket.”
Most of the plastic collected will be further sorted and exported to be recycled, a huge area of focus of the GraceKennedy Foundation which has as part of its mandate, to preserve and protect the environment.