Trash bins in parking areas of all beaches in Tobago

Trash bins in parking areas of all beaches in Tobago

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Stephanie Minty started this petition to Tobago House of Assembly: Division of Infrastructure Quarries and the Environment, Division Tourism

Many beaches on our beautiful island of Tobago are often riddled with styrofoam cups and boxes, pizza boxes, plastic snack wrappers, plastic bottles and beer bottles after a weekend, particularly after long weekends or when calm waters and sunny weather are the most inviting for a family beach day. Trash on Tobago's beaches not only tarnishes the beauty of nature, which is often marketed to visitors as being "unspoilt" or  "clean, green and serene," but also poses a serious hazard to our marine life. While there are bins at beaches with facilities, it is a well known fact that most of Tobago's most beautiful beaches such as Englishman's Bay, Buccoo beach, Lambeau beach and Grafton beach are relatively "untouched" and without facilities, and although tourists appreciate the authenticity and serenity of these beaches unfortunately they often have the most trash as there are no bins in the parking area. 

While no one wants to see trash on our beaches, many beach goers may feel demotivated to carry away their rubbish in their personal vehicle or bring it into a taxi, particularly if they did not bring garbage bags to put their trash in. The result is that our beautiful shores often have mounds of trash mixed in with leaves that may be raked, or that plastic wrappers sway around our feet in the clear, gentle waters of our surf. While CEPEP and URP workers diligently clean and rake many Tobago beaches on a regular basis, it is should not be their responsibility to clean up personal trash and the reality is that much of the trash still remains on the beach despite their service, as many beach goers arrive later in the day or on the weekend.

This petition proposes the installation of multiple garbage bins in the parking area of all beaches that have a parking area. As our government provides daily trash pick up to most populated areas, it should not be a challenge to allow the trash trucks to empty bins in the parking areas of beaches. 

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