Coastal cleanup hailed a tremendous success

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  • Helping hand: The EY Coastal Cleanup in support of Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) featured close to 500 volunteers who descended on 38 locations. Cassie Dickinson, front, Lawrence Sticca and Vanese Gordon remove litter from Shelly Bay

(All photographs by Akil Simmons)

    Helping hand: The EY Coastal Cleanup in support of Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) featured close to 500 volunteers who descended on 38 locations. Cassie Dickinson, front, Lawrence Sticca and Vanese Gordon remove litter from Shelly Bay (All photographs by Akil Simmons)

  • Litter from Shelly Bay

(Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Litter from Shelly Bay (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • Litter from Shelly Bay

(Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Litter from Shelly Bay (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • The annual coastal cleanup in support of Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) saw close to 500 volunteers descend on 38 locations across Bermuda, clearing trash both on and off shore.  Pictured here are Tim Stewart, left,  and Lawrence Sticca removing litter from Shelly Bay

(Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    The annual coastal cleanup in support of Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB) saw close to 500 volunteers descend on 38 locations across Bermuda, clearing trash both on and off shore. Pictured here are Tim Stewart, left, and Lawrence Sticca removing litter from Shelly Bay (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • Team effort: The staff from Somersfield Academy Children’s House volunteer

    Team effort: The staff from Somersfield Academy Children’s House volunteer

  • Pictured here are students from Berkeley Institute and CedarBridge Academy helping to clean the shoreline of Bailey's Bay

(Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Pictured here are students from Berkeley Institute and CedarBridge Academy helping to clean the shoreline of Bailey's Bay (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • Tackling the trash: Students from Berkeley Institute and CedarBridge Academy help clean the shoreline at Bailey’s Bay

    Tackling the trash: Students from Berkeley Institute and CedarBridge Academy help clean the shoreline at Bailey’s Bay

  • Bag it up: CedarBridge student Zayneche Outerbridge, 14, cleans up

(Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Bag it up: CedarBridge student Zayneche Outerbridge, 14, cleans up (Photograph by Akil Simmons)


Hundreds gave up the start of their weekend to clear trash from the shorelines and seabeds as part of an Island-wide coastal cleanup.

Close to 500 people descended on 38 different locations across Bermuda to clear and collect all manner of debris and rubbish from beauty spots.

The event, which is part of the annual EY Coastal Cleanup in support of Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB), was hailed a huge success by KBB director Anne Hyde.

Ms Hyde told The Royal Gazette she was very pleased with the turnout and praised all volunteers as well as the Royal Bermuda Regiment and the Parks Department for their efforts.

“We had around 500 people registered to take part in the cleanup,” she said. “We may have lost a few because of the rain but we also had people signing up this morning to take part too.

“It’s been a tremendous success with a very strong turnout.

“There were school groups from Bermuda College and CedarBridge, social groups, corporate groups, sports clubs and also family groups. The EY teams were able to work on three locations during the course of this morning.”

While many of the volunteers were on land, divers from the Royal Bermuda Regiment as well as local dive firms and BIOS also scoured the seabed for rubbish.

Ms Hyde added: “It’s always a guessing game when it comes to the weather in mid-September, but I think most people welcomed the refreshing rain.

“Everyone’s efforts were greatly appreciated.”

Every piece of litter collected is recorded and the data is shared locally and globally. Last year 9,000 pounds of trash was removed during the cleanup.

The initiative is part of a global effort: the annual International Coastal Cleanup, hosted by Ocean Conservancy, that sees people from across the world participating in similar cleanups, on the same day.

In 2014, Ocean Conservancy reported that 91 countries participated and more than 560,000 volunteers picked up over 16 million pounds of trash worldwide.

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Published Sep 21, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 8:16 am)

Coastal cleanup hailed a tremendous success

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