Curacao Clean Up Day volunteers
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Almost 2,000 volunteers cleaned up 498,350 kilos of waste on Saturday during the Curacao Clean Up Day. By way of comparison, a Boeing 747 weighs 178,800 kilos. The organisers said that this event, the first edition of the island cleanup, which took place at about forty locations, was more than successful.
The first loaders and trucks began at 7:00 am with the collection of bulky waste. Around 8:30 am, over 1,500 registered volunteers gathered on the various cleanup sites.
During the Clean Up, which officially lasted eight hours, participants received various supplies including trash bags, rakes and gloves. They also received drinking water. Many volunteers praised the organization for the thorough preparation. Some volunteers could not officially join the Curacao Clean Up, because the organization had reached its limit of available materials, but many of them went to work on their own.
Some 85 divers and various dive schools took care of the underwater at Caracas Bay, Director’s Bay, Pier Bay, Snake Bay, St. Michiel Bay and Lagoon. A total of some 7m3 waste was discharged to landfills and 400 kilos were removed by the diving schools themselves.
There were tons of plastic, glass, fishing lines, cans, but also tyres. When cutting old fishing lines, the divers separated the lead, because this material can be reused. Many of the divers would like to see this initiative repeated because there is still lots of trash underwater.
In terms of collected kilos, the Curacao Clean Up was the biggest ever cleanup of the island.
Organiser Cindy Evertsen said: “We are immensely grateful for the support from all walks of life: sponsors of supplies, food and drink, vehicles and money and of course the dedication and enthusiasm of all the volunteers.”
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle