By the end of 2021, Plastic Free Cayman collected over 14,000 pounds of trash from Cayman’s beaches, making the total trash collected by them a massive 25 tonnes since the inception of Plastic Free Cayman in 2017. Today, Saturday, April 23, 2022, Plastic Free Cayman is continuing their efforts in Gun Bay, East End.
In Gun Bay, Plastic Free Cayman will be cleaning the beach area, starting at 8am and ending at 10am. While the group regularly cleans beaches across Cayman, today’s cleanup is in recognition of Earth Day and is being done as a part of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce’s island-wide clean up for the Earth Day weekend.
The cleanup today is a reminder to the Cayman Islands government generally and the Ministry of Sustainability specifically that urgent legislation is needed to ban single-use plastics, which comprises much of the garbage collected by Plastic Free Cayman and their partners on a regular basis.
Regarding legislation, Plastic Free Cayman have put their words into action by raising public awareness of the urgent need as well as meeting with working groups, organised along with the previous government administration, to implement a law/Act to curb single-use plastics in the Cayman Islands. Unfortunately, after a number of years of begging for change, no legislation has been put into place and a weak Litter Act remains is in existence. Supporters of Plastic Free Cayman, however, are now hoping that this will finally change with the creation of the new Ministry of Sustainability, which some say should be a “no-brainer” for the popular, environmentally-minded Minister, Wayne Panton.
While the public waits for legal action to be taken, everyone across Cayman is invited to come out today to help with the efforts of Plastic Free Cayman and the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce Earth Day weekend cleanups in Gun Bay and other parts of Cayman. Volunteers should bring gloves, their Plastic Free Cayman water container and, of course, a few friends to volunteer.