American students clean trash at Little Key Island

POSTED: 08/29/12 1:53 PM

St. Maarten – The International Coastal Cleanup got a kick start just before the designated month of September with a group of 23 visiting MBA students from Kellogg school of Management this week. The students from this university are vacationing on St. Maarten before their school starts next week. They took part in this eco-activity to help clean the oceans and waterways of trash, plastic pollution and construction/building debris littering Little Key Island. The Kellogg school of management is the business school of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with additional campuses in downtown Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida.
The group of students and Pride Foundation representatives set off by dinghy with Isle de Sol representative Paul Ellinger to Little Key located in the Simpson Bay Lagoon across from the Princess Juliana International Airport.
The volunteers were confronted with numerous boat wrecks, broken dinghies, old and broken jet ski’s that were too heavy for them to remove from the island. In addition, the island has boat wrecks tied up to the island, all in hazardous conditions, squatters live on boat wrecks, one squatter even has a dog living on the wreck.
The students hauled away 14 bags of trash, consisting of plastic bags and bottles, building materials, and the odd trash items like a ladies tank top, a men’s pair of trousers, a string of Christmas lights and a propane tank.
A total of 347 pounds of trash was collected and inventoried on the special itemized ICC card.
Sint Maarten Pride Foundation thanked Isle de Sol Marina management for donating transportation to Little Key and Paul Ellinger for assisting with this event. “Isle De Sol played a part in this cleanup event as part of the Blue Flag clean marinas requirement,” Pride stated in a press release.

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