EY Bermuda Coastal Clean Up in Support of Keep Bermuda Beautiful

by Jim Ramsay 10th, October 2017

KBB's Mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility in reducing waste and eliminating litter through action and education. The organization was founded in 1964 and is one of the island’s oldest environmental charities. 


KBB’s work focuses on educational and awareness building programmes together with regular community clean up and beautification projects.


Ocean trash is a growing problem around the world.  Tons of marine debris, particularly plastics, gets washed up on Bermuda’s shore during the course of the year. It is especially apparent after a storm surge.  While most of the debris floats from hundreds of miles away, some of it is Bermuda’s trash.  


Bad boating habits or being careless with a beach picnic can contribute to what gets into the ocean.  Wind and rain can also wash litter from the land into the ocean.  Trash travels from roadside to storm drain to the ocean. Once at sea, the trash poses a threat to marine life by entanglement or ingestion.  Sea turtles die from ingesting plastic bags and balloons, or by getting tangled in discarded tangles of rope.  Birds, fish and turtles are being negatively affected by man-made debris.


During the EY Bermuda Coastal Cleanup, KBB volunteers found 12,000 pounds of trash along the shoreline or in coastal waters.  Participants were asked to tally each item of litter they found.  There are forty-one categories of litter items listed on the data collection cards.  


Amongst the tons of litter and debris collected, the list included a shocking number of 25 balloons found at Shelly Bay, 1,002 glass beer bottles found at Astwood Park and dozens of octopus pot traps found along the South Shore at Grape Bay and Doe Bay.


The most interesting item was found on Cooper’s Island and is believed to be part of a container spill from three years ago that caused thousands of HP cartridges to wash up on the UK coastline, so it is unusual that two would track to Bermuda around the currents forming the North Atlantic gyre.

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