SUCCESS: Members of the Atlantic Phoenix Lodge, above, at last year’s KBB Spring Clean-up. Below, volunteers clean up Harrington Sound Road.
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SUCCESS: Members of the Atlantic Phoenix Lodge, above, at last year’s KBB Spring Clean-up. Below, volunteers clean up Harrington Sound Road. Photos supplied

The number of islanders taking part in environmental clean-ups is increasing, according to the executive director of Keep Bermuda Beautiful (KBB).

Anne Hyde is expecting community participation in this year’s KBB Spring Clean-up to increase from last year, when 325 people cleared 6.5 tons of trash from 28 locations.

“We are expecting an increase in the number of participants for this year’s event,” said Ms Hyde.

Quality of life

“We are seeing a big increase in the number of people who are volunteering from the community.

“There is no special training or previous experience needed.

“It’s a great way to spend time outside in the sunshine, and the results are seen right away.

“It’s a great way to spend time with family and friends, and to do something good for Bermuda.

“Also, students can earn credit for community service.”

Garnier (L’Oreal) is the sponsors for this year’s event. Other regular sponsors are John Barritt & Son Ltd, providing bottled water, and Butterfield & Vallis, who will hand out snacks and blue recycling bags. 

Government Works and Engineering plus Parks Department staff also team up with the City of Hamilton, Corporation of St George’s and WEDCo in the west end for the trash collection and pick-up.

“KBB has served as a local leader in community improvement for nearly 50 years, collaborating with others to enhance our neighbourhoods and quality of life,” said Ms Hyde.

“Our programmes are designed to engage and educate, and to instill an understanding and respect for our environment.”

Last year KBB also rebranded and relaunched its KBB Adopt-A-Spot Programme (formerly the Rockwatchers Programme). 

In under a year, 60 groups have joined it, ‘adopting’ beaches, parks, public docks, stretches of roads and parts of the Railway Trail.

These groups of families, neighbours, school students, sports teams, businesses, and civic, religious and fraternal groups, make a commitment to keep their area litter-free, by engaging in periodic clean-ups.

Twelve schools have adopted their local beaches.

Ms Hyde said: “By engaging people of all ages and from all walks of life, we build a sense of community and pride in our neighbourhoods.”

KBB will provide free bags and gloves to any group wanting to take part in this year’s Spring Clean-up.

The charity has a list of suggested locations across the length of the island needing attention.

After the May 11 event it will arrange for the trucking and removal of collected debris from each location.