Registration for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 is Now Open!


It’s that time of year again… and Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) wants to break last year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day record (eleventh largest in the world!) Are you ready for Saturday, September 16, 2017? Register yourself – or your team – today! PS Big ups to the Tourism Enhancement Fund for their continued support, and to all the other great sponsors…

Jamaica Environment Trust

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kingston, Jamaica

August 25, 2017

JET LOOKS FORWARD TO A RECORD-BREAKING INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP IN 2017

Registration is now open for the Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET’s) 24th annual beach clean-up on the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston marking International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC) 2017. JET is also the national coordinator of ICC in Jamaica, which they have been delivering in partnership with the Tourism Enhancement Fund since 2008. Their flagship beach cleanup on the Palisadoes is one of a record breaking 149 cleanups which are scheduled to take place across the island for ICC on September 16 this year.

Last year’s local ICC efforts resulted in Jamaica ranking 11th among the 112 participating countries. This year JET hopes to attract enough volunteers to the event for Jamaica to be placed in the global top ten for its 2017 ICC effort.

Deputy CEO of JET, Suzanne Stanley said, “Thanks to the support of our ICC and beach cleanup sponsors, we are happy to be able to accommodate more volunteers at the JET flagship cleanup this year.” JET will host two sites on the Palisadoes Strip for its 2017 flagship ICC event – one will be at Fort Rocky and the other at the stone revetment, commonly called ‘End of Stones.’ Stanley encouraged interested individuals to register early, “Early registration is important so that we can ensure that there is an adequate supply of gloves, data cards and other materials for our cleanup volunteers.” Teams wishing to volunteer at the JET ICC event must register using the online form on the JET website (www.jamentrust.org) by noon on September 7.

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson is the new Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Ambassador. (Photo: JET)

New Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Ambassador, celebrated Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson, is also scheduled to participate in activities on the Palisadoes as a patron of ICC Jamaica 2017. The theme for ICC Jamaica 2017 is Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica, and JET will continue to use the event to raise awareness around solid waste management issues in Jamaica and marine pollution.

“As well as the JET cleanups there will be 147 other ICC events taking place on September 16,” said Felicia Wong, Project Coordinator at JET, “A complete list of all the 2017 ICC sites and contact information for the cleanup coordinators will be posted on JET’s website on August 31.”

JET continues to partner with public and private organizations in 2017 to ensure ICC is a success. Longstanding ICC sponsors the Tourism Enhancement Fund have been joined in 2017 by 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 from DFL Importers, Wisynco and Pepsi Cola Jamaica, Tru Juice and Jamaica Producers.

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

 

Contact:

Suzanne Stanley/Felicia Wong, Jamaica Environment Trust, 123 Constant Spring Road, Unit 5, Kingston 8, Jamaica   

Tel: (876) 960-3693/470-7580   Fax: (876) 926-0212  E-mail: sstanley.jet@gmail.com

Website: www.jamentrust.org

The cleanup at Fort Rocky in 2016. (Photo: JET)

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