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KBB’s $60,000 government grant reinstated

Environmental charity Keep Bermuda Beautiful was given a $60,000 boost from the Ministry of Public Works yesterday.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, public works minister, said the Government had committed to supporting the charity's work with an annual grant until at least 2020.

Colonel Burch said: “Everyone in this community will know that this year has been a particularly challenging one with waste management, so quite simply we in the ministry need all the help we can get.

“So, it was a very easy decision for me to approve the reinstatement of KBB grant funding that had been suspended in 2014.”

He added: “Keep Bermuda Beautiful ... has been doing an outstanding job trying to keep our island free of litter, garbage and waste for more than 50 years. However, they do so much more than that.

“Their youth programme is another where they provide classroom and assembly presentations in our schools, educating on the dangers that trash and marine debris pose to our environment.

“The KBB After School Hour provides our young people with required service hours and allows them to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award, while cultivating a generation that will keep our environment clean, healthy and safe.”

Colonel Burch also praised the charity's “Adopt-a-Spot” programme, set up to encourage people and organisations to agree to adopt an area and keep it tidy.

He said the charity had organised more than 300 clean-ups since 2016, including last Saturday's International Coast Clean-up.

Colonel Burch said: “The results of these clean-ups are quite impressive and our railway trails have been one benefactor of this effort.

“Along with other agencies and researchers, KBB collects data on the marine pollution problem and this information is shared globally to assist other jurisdictions in the ongoing effort to save our environment.

“As some of you may be aware, it is my mission to have all of us actively play our part in reducing our waste, litter, to reuse and recycle, all initiatives that the KBB has been at the forefront of.”

Colonel Burch said the ministry will also have talks with the charity to find ways to improve co-operation beyond grant funding.

Very easy decision: Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, public works minister, second left, has recommitted the Government to supporting Keep Bermuda Beautiful by reinstating a $60,000 grant to the charity until at least 2020 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published September 19, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated September 19, 2018 at 9:02 am)

KBB’s $60,000 government grant reinstated

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