International Coastal Cleanup 2013

The 2013 International Coastal Cleanup is in full swing as organizers from both sides of the island are gearing up for another large turn out this coming Sunday September 22nd in Baie Nettle.


Local coordinator for the International Coastal Cleanup Jadira Veen says that everything seems to be in place as donations have been pouring in from the community to make the 2013 ICC a successful event.The public has an opportunity to join hands and be part of this worldwide eco-event to cleanup the worlds oceans, beaches and wetlands.

Volunteers will be collecting trash from the beach coastline, documenting each piece of trash on a special data card provided by the Ocean Conservancy. Bags will weighed and all data will be summarized and sent on to the Ocean Conservancy to be added to their final report on trash free seas.

Once again, the Sint Maarten PRIDE foundation has teamed up with the French side eco-group SXM TRAILS, a local hiking group active in hiking the islands unbeaten paths.

Volunteers are asked to come out on:

Sunday September 22nd.

Time: 7am-9:30am

Location: entrance to La Belle Creole

The french side police have been requested to provide assistance on the Baie Nettle road at the start, during, and ending time of the cleanup, to control the flow of traffic.

We ask that volunteers just show up, register their name and their business, social group, youth group or school that they attend on the sign in sheets.

Gloves and Trash bags will be provided to volunteers.

The SXM Trails Hiking group will be conducting a cleanup around the peninsula at La Belle Creole, adult volunteers may sign up for this exercise. This hike- cleanup covers treacherous terrain and is not suitable for children. Please email Di*******@ya***.com for more info on this special cleanup exercise.

In addition to the large event on Sunday, 200 Sundial School students will be participating in the 2013 ICC this coming Friday and Saturday on 2 Dutch side beaches.

The students and teachers have been briefed in the class room by the local coordinator on how to fill out the data cards and cleanup tools have been provided.

Later on in the month more schools will participate at various locations, as well as an upcoming cleanup around the Oyster Bay Lagoon which will see the participation of Garnier beauty products, Pure Magazine, and guests and staff from the Oyster Bay Resort.

Sint Maarten PRIDE foundation would like to thank the Sint Maarten Time Share Association for their generous contribution to the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup, by helping to provide cleanup tools for all the ICC events taking place in the month of September.

For more information on the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup, feel free to call 5204096 or email: be******@ya***.com or visit our Facebook page.