On Wednesday February 1st, 10 Maho Bay Staff decided to spend a couple of off-hours picking up trash at a beach they love - Gibney. The goal was to pick up as much trash on the beach and the surrounding area, the parking lot, the driveway, and the community center near the beach. In 2 hours 14 bags of trash, 1 tire, and 1 rusted folding chair were collected, filling the back of a Ford Ranger.
The most common item collected?: glass bottles, glass bottles, glass bottles, so many Heineken and Coors Light bottles. Perhaps up to 5% of the trash collected was from the beach, the vast majority of trash was found in the woods surrounding the community center and driveway down to the beach.
The idea of collecting trash at Gibney came from Stephen Rinaldi, a cook at Maho Bay Camps. Stephen started the season with a goal of collecting trash at each beach on St. John before the end of our season. The idea has certainly spread, as he was able to gather support from 9 other co-workers for his Gibney Beach collection.
Best quote of the day? "people who litter are trash!"