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JET opens beach clean-up registration

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has opened registration for its 24th annual beach clean-up of the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston, on September 16.

Forms must be submitted via the JET website — www.jamentrust.org — by noon on September 7.

The Palisadoes clean-up is in observance of International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC), for which JET is the national coordinator in Jamaica, and will headline 147 related projects scheduled to be carried out across the island on the day.

JET will host two sites on the Palisadoes Strip for its 2017 flagship ICC event — one at Fort Rocky and the other at the stone revetment, commonly called 'End of Stones'.

“Thanks to the support of our ICC and beach clean-up sponsors, we are happy to be able to accommodate more volunteers at the JET flagship clean-up this year,” Deputy CEO of JET, Suzanne Stanley reported.

“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,” she added, urging interested individuals to register early.

New Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica ambassador, celebrated Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson is also scheduled to help clean-up the Palisadoes as a patron of ICC Jamaica 2017. The theme for the day is Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica.

“JET will continue to use the event to raise awareness around solid waste management issues in Jamaica and marine pollution,” JET said in a release to the media.

Islandwide participation in last year's effort resulted in Jamaica ranking 11th among the 112 participating countries. This year JET hopes to attract enough volunteers for Jamaica to place in the global top 10.

“As well as the JET clean-ups, there will be 147 other ICC events taking place on September 16,” projectcoordinator at JET Felicia Wong pointed out. “A complete list of all the 2017 ICC sites and contact information for the clean-up coordinators will be posted on JET's website on August 31.”

The main sponsor for ICC in Jamaica is the Tourism Enhancement Fund, a relationship that began in 2008. Other corporate sponsors include Recycling Partners of Jamaica, Yello Media Group, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Jamaica Biscuit Company, while major in-kind donations have been confirmed for the JET flagship event by DFL Importers, Wisynco and Pepsi Cola Jamaica, Tru Juice and Jamaica Producers.

ICC is the largest one-day volunteer event worldwide. It is championed by Ocean Conservancy, and involves volunteers from over 100 countries picking up garbage and recording data about what they collect from coastlines every year.



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