Nature Foundation Urges Community to Be Responsible During Easter, Carnival Holidays

Trash left behind on Kim Sha Beach (Photo Caroline van Oost)


SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten — The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation is urging the population to act responsibly in terms of garbage disposal and cleaning up after themselves during the carnival and Easter holidays.

The Foundation has noticed a large amount of trash being left b behind by users of beaches and along the roadsides.

“We noticed a large amount of trash being left behind by beach-goers and revelers alike and would like to urge the population to clean-up after themselves as any responsible, able-minded and mature citizen of Sint Maarten should,” commented Tadzio Bervoets, Nature Foundation Manager.

“For example, we noticed a large amount of trash left behind in the district of Simpson Bay after the Causeway Jump Up and now that the Easter holidays are near we have seen an increase of trash being left behind on beaches. This especially hurts since we were so busy to ensure that the beaches were clean after the hurricane for people to use and to see that trash is being left behind is unacceptable,” continued Bervoets.

The Nature Foundation is also calling on Government and organizers of events and activities to ensure that there are enough waste disposal facilities available;” patrons who want to dispose of their garbage are sometimes unable to do so because there aren’t enough bins on the roadside or at the beaches or at event locations. Therefore we are asking that more emphasis is being placed on having proper garbage disposal facilities available during these events,” concluded Bervoets.