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KBB appeals for volunteers to help in Boxing Day beach clean-up

Christmas Day at Elbow Beach (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Volunteers are welcome for Keep Bermuda Beautiful’s clean-up drive in the aftermath of a family-friendly Christmas Day tradition on the South Shore.

The impromptu gathering that sees hundreds of people celebrate Christmas at Elbow Beach is not organised by KBB — but the charity has pitched in with waste management over the years.

Executive director Traci Burgess said the Department of Parks and Waste Management would deploy trash and recycling bins and bags in collaboration with KBB.

Dozens of volunteers are needed for the Boxing Day clean-up co-ordinated by the charity.

They typically remove more than one tonne, or 2,200lb, of trash and recyclables from the popular Paget beach.

KBB said that the Coral Beach and Tennis Club would offer Christmas Day parking at the Horizons and Cottages property, with volunteers on hand to organise parking.

Donations, which go to local charities, are welcome.

Support is provided by St Paul’s Anglican Church and the Bermuda Police Service.

A KBB spokesperson said: “We appreciate the efforts of all involved with the annual Boxing Day clean-up at Elbow Beach.

“Christmas Day revellers typically show a lot of respect for the beach and do their part to help keep Bermuda beautiful.

“The potential for littering is significantly reduced when beachgoers make an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. It also helps when plenty of bins are provided.”

Dozens of extra trash and recycling bins will be provided.

The public is encouraged to use the bins properly and remember that only tin, aluminium and glass go in the blue recycling bins.

All other waste, including paper and plastic, goes in the red trash bins.

Attendees can also take trash home to avoid the risk of it being blown onto the beach.

To volunteer, visit the KBB website or call 799-5142 and register.

The clean-up runs from 10am to noon on Boxing Day.

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Published December 22, 2022 at 7:48 am (Updated December 22, 2022 at 7:48 am)

KBB appeals for volunteers to help in Boxing Day beach clean-up

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