This September, The Sands at Nomad took part in the annual ‘International Coastal Clean-Up Day’. Organised by Ocean Conservancy, the event takes place around the globe with the aim of cleaning up our coastlines and oceans whilst bringing worldwide attention to the huge volume of trash entering the world’s waters and the environmental damage being done.
We joined Team Kenya-South Coast along with other hotels, organisations, residents, visiting volunteers and a multitude of schools to clean the coastline all the way from Likoni (just south of Mombasa Island) to Vanga (near the Tanzanian border).
In 2018, the total weight of trash cleaned off the southern Kenyan coastline was 17 Tons! (17,000kg or 37,500lbs). Areas cleared included Likoni to Diani, Galu, Vanga, Wasini, Mkwiro, Gazi, Msambweni and Shimoni. Recyclable raw materials were sent to the newly opened Kwale Plastics Plus Collectors recycling centre.
Diving the Crab, based The Sands, once again sent a dive boat to take a team of staff members from the maintenance team, water sports centre, Green Team, Marine Team and hotel down to the inaccessible coves between Kinondo and Chale Island. At first glance they all looked quite clean, until we looked and climbed into the bushes above the high tide line. It has been a year since we had cleaned these coves and it was an eye opener to see the amount of trash that had been washed up.
This year’s haul of waste that our team removed from these three coves was:
17 sacks of plastic (106 Kgs)
9 sacks of rubber shoes (84 Kgs)
1 sack of glass and metal (10 Kgs)
3 sacks of waste (12 Kgs)
Of this total of 212 kilograms, only the 12 Kilos of waste will not be going to the recycling centre.
The Sands, Thinking Green… and Blue!