Cleanup hauls in 9,000lbs of rubbish

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  • Mangrove Bay and the cleanup team organised by Sandys Parish Council for the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.

    Mangrove Bay and the cleanup team organised by Sandys Parish Council for the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.

  • Residents chip in for the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup at Doe Beach, Devonshire.

    Residents chip in for the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup at Doe Beach, Devonshire.

  • Bermuda College students at Chaplin Bay join in for the 2014 EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.

    Bermuda College students at Chaplin Bay join in for the 2014 EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.

  • ... AFTER: Benny's Bay Beach, cleared of waste.

    ... AFTER: Benny's Bay Beach, cleared of waste.

  • Easy divers: Members of the Bermuda Sub Aqua Club did their part for this year’s EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup, pulling three scooters out of the water near Admiralty Park

    Easy divers: Members of the Bermuda Sub Aqua Club did their part for this year’s EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup, pulling three scooters out of the water near Admiralty Park

  • Volunteers became

    Volunteers became "citizen scientists" tallying the assorted marine waste collected for the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.

  • Elys Harbour yielded a plethora of sunken trash during the latest EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.

    Elys Harbour yielded a plethora of sunken trash during the latest EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.

  • For the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup, EY partner Jessel Mendes brought his daughter Brianna with friend Jessica.

    For the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup, EY partner Jessel Mendes brought his daughter Brianna with friend Jessica.

  • BEFORE: Benny's Beach, Sandys, before the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup initiative with Keep Bermuda Beautiful ...

    BEFORE: Benny's Beach, Sandys, before the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup initiative with Keep Bermuda Beautiful ...

  • At St David's Dock for this year's EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.

    At St David's Dock for this year's EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.

  • "Micro plastics" - tiny fragments of marine plastic waste - gleaned from the latest EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup.


Volunteers hauled several tons of debris from the Island’s shores and coastal waters, targeting 31 spots around Bermuda, in the latest Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) cleanup initiative.

The group partnered with EY Bermuda, a member firm of Ernst & Young global, bringing 484 volunteers out from schools, neighbourhoods and businesses — with 181 students chipping in.

Yesterday, KBB executive director Anne Hyde said the haul from the September 20 collection had been tallied at more than 9,000lbs — roughly four tons of trash, including a weather instrument, a medical IV bag and a dozen octopus pot traps.

The date was set by the US based global group Ocean Conservancy for a worldwide cleanup with more than 90 other countries taking part.

Participants were asked to tally up different types of litter. The cleanup was launched from EY’s offices on Bermudiana Road.

Jessel Mendes of EY applauded the initiative, adding: “KBB is supporting vital research that will hopefully lead to a better understanding of how marine debris is impacting the island.”

Waste collection teams were supplied by the Departments of Parks, and Works and Engineering.

The wide range of items indicated Bermuda’s proximity to the North Atlantic gyre, a spinning series of currents including the Gulf Stream which carries debris from around the world to the Island’s shores.

Among the tons of litter were 3,849 small fragments of plastic, 1,522 glass bottles, 612 plastic bottle caps, 249 yards of rope and 196 plastic straws and stirrers.

The data are added to Ocean Conservancy’s Ocean Trash Index, which helps to track down sources of ocean pollution for more effective legislation to combat the problem.

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Published Oct 10, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm)

Cleanup hauls in 9,000lbs of rubbish

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