Only students and teachers of, as well as staff and interns from STENAPA, had been involved in the last 5 island-wide clean-ups (put on by STENAPA and GVP). This year, employees of St Eustatius Tourism, Golden Rock Dive Centre (GRDC) and Christopher Woodley & Sons joined them on the streets and did their part to protect nature, beautify our roads and increase awareness of our disposal habits. St Eustatius Tourism cleaned the area around the stage and nearby roads while Christopher Woodley & Sons joined Gwendoline van Putten High School then assisted in weighing and taking the garbage to Statia Waste Solutions. GRDC spent an hour snorkelling in the afternoon to remove sunken garbage along Oranjebaai, while members of the ReforeStatia Project cleared near the solar farm. STENAPA thanks Christopher Woodley & Sons and Nustar Terminal N.V. for sponsoring the event by providing necessary material such as garbage bags, reusable gloves and dust masks.

In total, about 450 persons removed about 590 kg / 1300 lbs. of garbage from roads, beaches and in the sea. Most of the items collected were made from plastic, glass or tin, all of which were recyclable if they were not thrown on the side of the road. Other items like cigarette butts and single-use plastic would not have been recyclable but could have been placed in the black bins. The garbage collected could have been properly disposed of.

STENAPA hopes that Statia learns that the streets are no place for garbage and that our disposal habits change for the better. Let us work together to keep Statia clean.