Curacao Clean Up picks up half million kilos of trash
WILLEMSTAD – Almost two thousand volunteers cleaned up 498.350 kilos of waste on Saturday during the Curaçao Clean Up day. For comparison, a Boeing 747 weighs 178,800 kilos. The organization says that this event, the first edition of the island cleanup, which took place at about forty locations, was more than successful.
The first loaders and trucks began at seven o’clock in the morning with the cleaning of bulky waste. This was on the Road to Playa Kanoa from Brievengat, who is known for years as one of the most polluted places in Curaçao, and Piscadera and Scherpenheuvel. Around half past eight over 1,500 registered volunteers gathered on the various cleanup sites, from Jan Kok to St. Joris Bay, Caracas Bay to Boca Sami and from Marie Pampoen to Hato.
During the Clean Up, which officially lasted eight hours until half past eleven in the morning, participants received various supplies including trash bags, rakes and gloves. They also received drinking water. Many volunteers praised the organization for the thorough preparation. Some volunteers could not officially join the Curaçao Clean Up, because the organization had reached its limit of available materials, but many of them went to work on their own.
Some 85 divers and various dive schools took care of the underwater at Caracas Bay, Director’s Bay, Pier Bay, Snake Bay, St. Michiel Bay and Lagoon. A total of some 7m3 waste was discharged to landfills and 400 kilos which were removed by the diving schools themselves.
There was tons of plastic, glass, fishing lines, cans, but also tires. When cutting old fishing lines, the divers separated the lead, because this material can be reused. Many of the divers like to see this initiative repeated because there are still lots of trash underwater.
In terms of collected kilos, the Curaçao Clean Up was the biggest ever cleanup of our island. The organizers, Coca Cola, Curacao Cares, Curious2Dive, Dolphin Academy, Green Force, Make Them Smile, Selikor and Unique Curacao, spent three months working hard visiting sites, requesting volunteers and materials and set up the logistics operation. Initiator Cindy Evertsen: “We are immensely grateful for the support from all walks of life: sponsors of supplies, food and drink, vehicles and money and of course the dedication and enthusiasm of all the volunteers.”