Earth Today| Registration opens for International Coastal Cleanup 2018
REGISTRATION IS now open for the Jamaica Environment Trust's (JET's) 25th annual beach clean-up on the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston to mark International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICC) 2018.
JET is also the national coordinator of ICC in Jamaica, which they have been delivering in partnership with the Tourism Enhancement Fund since 2008.
The entity's flagship beach clean-up at the Palisadoes Go-Kart Track is one of a record-breaking 168 clean-ups scheduled to take place across the island for ICC on September 15 this year.
"The number of ICC sites we have this year is unprecedented, thanks to the 112 groups which have registered their clean-ups with JET," said programme director at JET, Tamoy Singh Clarke, in a release to the media.
"Many of these groups have been coordinating clean-ups with us for over a decade. We are also happy to welcome a record number of 36 new site coordinators to the programme in 2018," she added.
A complete list of the 2018 ICC Jamaica sites and contact information for the clean-up coordinators will be posted on JET's website on August 31.
Last year's local ICC efforts resulted in Jamaica ranked the 12th largest ICC event in the world, and the largest ICC turnout in the English-speaking Caribbean. This year, JET hopes to attract enough volunteers to the event for Jamaica to be placed in the global top 10.
JET will host its 2018 flagship ICC event at a new site on the Palisadoes Strip this year - the Palisadoes Go-Kart Track.
"Early registration is important so that we can ensure that there is an adequate supply of gloves, data cards and other materials for our clean-up volunteers," Clarke noted.
Teams wishing to volunteer at the JET ICC event must register using the online form on the JET website (www.jamentrust.org) by noon on September 6.
The theme for ICC Jamaica 2018 is 'Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica', as JET uses the event to raise awareness around solid waste management and marine pollution.
JET continues to partner with public and private organisations to ensure ICC is a success. Long-standing ICC sponsors TEF have been joined in 2018 by Recycling Partners of Jamaica, Jamaica Energy Partners and the Norman Manley International Airport, while major in-kind donations have been confirmed from General Accident, Wisynco, Tru-Juice and Jamaica Producers. For the fourth consecutive year, DFL Importers have donated garbage bags to the ICC Jamaica project.
ICC is the largest one-day volunteer event worldwide. Championed by Ocean Conservancy, ICC involves volunteers from over 100 countries picking up garbage and recording data on what they collect from coastlines every year.