Saturday, September 20, is International Coastal Clean-up Day.

And governmental institutions, community groups and companies will be doing their part to rid this island???s beaches of litter in an effort to preserve the environment.

For starters, members of the public are invited to come out and join the clean-up efforts at the Morgan Lewis Beach in St. Andrew on Saturday, September 20.

That???s when officials from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) of the Ministry of the Environment and Drainage, community groups and the private sector, will join together to remove litter from the island???s beaches and marine environment and raise awareness of the negative impacts of littering and pollution.

Interested persons may register with the EPD by calling 310-3600, by Tuesday, September 16. Transportation and refreshments will be provided for those who register with the EPD on or before this deadline.

All registered participants who need transportation are asked to assemble at the EPD???s office in the L.V. Harcourt Lewis Building, Dalkeith, St. Michael, by 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, September 20, for a 5:30 a.m. departure to the beach. Those taking part in the clean-up, but do not require transportation, are asked to assemble at the Conrad Hunte Sports Club, Shorey Village, St. Andrew, by 6:00 a.m.

Alternatively, persons are also encouraged to join with the Caribbean Youth Environment Network???s clean-up efforts at Long Beach, also on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 6:00 a.m. For more information on the CYEN clean-up, interested persons should call 437-6055/56.

Those desirous of hosting their own clean-up efforts on that day should contact the National Conservation Commission and the EPD before doing so.??Data collected from the beaches will be used in the EPD???s National Marine Litter Monitoring Programme.

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