Local Government Council Member for Great Guana Cay initiated a community cleanup that was well attended and deemed a success near the end of October.
The cleanup, which was initiated by Cheynea Turquest-Levarity, took place on October 16 saw over sixty full garbage bags of trash collected within a two hour time frame.
Mike Lightbourne of Sir Eden – a Hydroponic Farm business in Guana Cay – upon learning of the cleanup helped give the project life via an organizing effort.
He said that he believes Mrs. Turnquest-Levarity, taking her position in Town Council seriously, is what stimulated the action.
“She had mentioned it to me when we were discussing volunteer work being done by Sir Eden in laying sod for the Guana Cay community park. All of us at Sir Eden are always looking for ways to participate in the local community so this was just another way for all the guys to lend a helping hand,” he said.
He said he got super excited and immediately reached out to Friends of the Environment for guidance and a crash course on how to organize such an event.
On top of a quick education, Cha Boyce, the Executive Director of Friends donated water coolers and her time to participate in the cleanup itself.
Bahamas Compostables, a new company in Abaco that provides biodegradable and compostable products in support of the plastic and styrofoam ban coming in 2020, donated compostable drinking cups, garbage bags and gloves.
Guana Lumber, Dive Guana, Nippers, Donna’s Cart Rentals, the 7/12 Convenience Store and others from Sir Eden volunteered their time and energy to the actual cleanup as well as Sharmane Sands, Shari and Dan Classen, Willis Levarity, Carol Anne Lowe and Nicole Bergen who provided the local resident power needed to get it done!
Mr. Lightbourne said that “the island was pretty clean for the most part, so we were able to focus on the areas that are not usually seen but unfortunately are great at naturally collecting trash.”
He said the top three items collected were beer bottles, plastic cups/bottles and styrofoam to-go containers. Most of the collected trash came from out of the bush, roadside pathways and underneath docks and decks.
“We ended the event at the community park with some cold waters, cold beers, some pictures and a bunch of thank-yous!” he said. “Everyone was excited to be a part of “Keeping Guana Clean and Pristine!”
There are talks of a beach cleanup next involving all the same attendees and hopefully more.