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Successful Beach Clean-Up Initiative Supported by Local Businesses on St. Thomas

YES! Waste management sponsors Vessup Beach clean up. (Photo courtesy YES! Waste Management)

YES! Waste Management, a leading waste management company on St. Thomas, recently organized a highly successful beach clean-up event at Vessup Beach in Estate Nazareth.

The initiative, which aimed to promote environmental stewardship and community involvement, received generous support from local businesses, including Leatherback Brewing Co. and West Indies Windsurfing, according to the press release.

The event, held on Saturday, saw an impressive turnout of over 100 volunteers, including 78 dedicated students from both public and private schools in the area. These young individuals exemplified outstanding commitment to environmental conservation, dedicating their time and effort to cleaning up our coastline and protecting our natural resources, the press release stated.

100 volunteers took part in the clean-up. (Photo courtesy YES! Waste Management)

 

Participants worked tirelessly to remove debris from the beach, including a partially sunken dinghy and a staggering 80 bags of trash. The collected waste comprised a variety of items, including plastic jugs, fishing lines, fast food cartons, soda cans, and bottles, highlighting the urgent need for responsible waste management practices in our coastal areas, the release stated.

Volunteers dig out item to be discarded from the beach. (Photo courtesy YES! Waste Management)

Leatherback Brewing Co., a well-known brewery based on St. Croix, generously provided an assortment of seltzers and local beers for the adult volunteers to enjoy after their hard work. Additionally, West Indies Windsurfing contributed to the event by offering kayaks and paddle boards for free, allowing volunteers to explore the waters of Muller Bay as a well-deserved treat, it said.

Volunteers were broken up into small groups to ensure entire beach is cleaned up. (Photo courtesy YES! Waste Management)

Jonathan and MacKenzie Stoller, owners and operators of YES! Waste Management, expressed their gratitude to all volunteers and sponsors for their dedication to environmental conservation. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming support we received for this beach clean-up initiative,” said MacKenzie Stoller. “It’s inspiring to see members of our community, especially the students, come together to make a positive impact on our environment.”

Volunteers covered all areas of the beach. (Photo courtesy YES! Waste Management)

Following the success of this event, YES! Waste Management plans to host future beach clean-ups and is open to collaborations with additional sponsors interested in supporting environmental initiatives in the community, according to the release.

Volunteers show V.I. pride during clean up. (Photo courtesy YES! Waste Management)

For more information about upcoming events or sponsorship opportunities, please visit yes.vi or contact YES! Waste Management at 340-690-8394 or info@yes.vi.

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