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Pride in the Community 29 September 2006

The Minister for Local Government and the Environment, John Rimington, MHK, has thanked all those who took part in the ‘Clean up the Island’ weekend two weeks ago which was co-ordinated by Zero Waste Mann and supported by our Government. The same weekend also saw the Marine Conservation Society undertaking a major beach clean from Castletown out to Langness, and a number of people and organisations have been cleaning other beaches.

John Rimington said,

“A big thanks must go to all those volunteers who took part. There were a number of organised litter picks by Zero Waste Management, their members and other organisations, and many other people made their own individual contributions.
I would also wish to thank the staff of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dorchester Marine and Barclays Bank who were beach-cleaning near Castletown. Five large trailer loads of rubbish were collected by them – an incredible result! Another successful beach-clean took place at Bay-ny-Carrickey with the Department of Education and Rushen Parish Commissioners.
It was heartening to see that so many organisations and individuals demonstrate pride in the community and are willing to participate. This includes many Local Authorities who helped with removing collected rubbish. This is the first Island clean up event in recent times and I hope we can do even better next year. However, litter is a never-ending problem and the key is to prevent it being dropped in the first place. We need to develop, through education, a sense of community pride which encourages everyone to keep our precious environment clean and tidy to be enjoyed by all”.

The next big beach clean is taking place on Saturday, 14th October between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. to clear the stretch along Scarlett. Taking part will be the Marine Conservation Society, Arbory Parish Commissioners and staff of the HSBC. They are meeting at the bottom of Fishers Hill at 10.30 a.m. and any other volunteers will be welcome to join them.

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