On May 22, from 7 am to 8:30 am, Environmental Protection in Caribbean Sint Maarten (EPIC) is hosting a cleanup at Cay Hill, starting at The Colosseum Gym. The cleanup is the first of a dozen cleanups EPIC will be hosting this year as part of their “Why do we litter? – Sint Maarten” project.

As part of this project, volunteers will not only assist with community cleanups but also collect data on littering habits and insights of both residents and visitors. With this data, EPIC aims to formulate sustainable and actionable follow-up steps toward preventing litter in Sint Maarten.

“We look forward to working together with the community to gather insights on how we can better tackle waste management on Sint Maarten,” share EPIC’s Project Coordinators Riddhi Samtani and Laura Bijnsdorp. “We want to thank The Colosseum Gym for supporting us with this upcoming Cay Hill cleanup this Sunday and encourage everyone to sign up!”

Volunteers can sign up via https://www.volunteer.sx/o/EPIC1/opportunities/EPIC-Cay-Hill-Cleanup/52661 and will be provided with gloves, and reusable garbage bags, and refreshments. Volunteers are advised to wear closed shoes and are requested to download the ‘Clean Swell’ app on their (charged) phones, beforehand, to help collect data during the cleanup.

Updates about this project and cleanup dates can be found on EPIC’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/epicislands. For more information or inquiries into collaborations, please contact the Project Coordinators at projects@epicislands.org.

EPIC Sint Maarten is a non-profit organisation founded in 2007 with the mission of protecting the Caribbean environment through research and community-based action in Sint Maarten. This project, “Why do we litter – Sint Maarten?”, is funded by the Government of the Netherlands under the Sint Maarten Trustfund, implemented by Resources for Community Resilience (R4CR), administered by VNGI, and overseen by The WorldBank. For more information about EPIC’s work visit: www.epicislands.org.

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