‘Non-littering’ at Non-Mariners, please

  • A file photo from a previous Non-Mariners Race. Participants are being asked to make this year's event a 'non-littering' one.

    A file photo from a previous Non-Mariners Race. Participants are being asked to make this year's event a 'non-littering' one.

Sandys Boat Club has teamed up with Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) to help promote a litter-free Non-Mariners Race event.

The Non-Mariners race, on August 5, is hosted by the Society of Non-Mariners and the Sandys Boat Club. This year marks the event’s 40th anniversary.

Every year, hundreds of people anchor their boats in Mangrove Bay, and every year people throw their litter overboard.

To encourage people not to litter at this year’s event, banners and signs will be posted in prominent locations around Mangrove Bay, extra waste barrels and dumpsters will be at Sandys Boat Club, a “Trash Taxi” will be on the water collecting trash from people. Finally, after every Non-Mariners event Sandys Boat Club organises a post-event clean up.

KBB Executive Director Anne Hyde said: “This is definitely one of the best parties of the year. We want to get the message out early to encourage everyone’s commitment to not dispose of any trash overboard, particularly bottles and plastic cups.”

Ms Hyde said: “KBB usually gets a dive team in this area every year following the Non-Mariners Race because the volume of beer bottles is so bad. Think of the huge benefits to this special area of Bermuda if we could avoid trashing the place during this event. I think the word ‘non’ is a perfect fit here. Let’s add non-littering to the other non-words that are associated with the Non-Mariners Race.”

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Published Jul 27, 2012 at 7:57 am (Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 7:56 am)

‘Non-littering’ at Non-Mariners, please

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