LETTER: Shell Beach Rubbish Control

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Shell Beach Road is one of the hardest places to control the rubbish and droppings from the night visitors, who maintain its lovers lane reputation, even though the area is now busily occupied by aviation and marine activity.

In recent years two enterprising charities have tried and failed miserably in their efforts at placing containers at what they in their own evaluation consider strategic locations. First was the Ocean savers whose budget only allowed them to use old tyres joined together (which came apart and became more rubbish).

More recently through our gracious GG who walks the area and had his charity place some store-bought attractive garbage containers cemented to areas on the road amply fitted with plastic garbage bags.

 

The containers remain for the most part empty while the garbage and litter continue unabated by the night lovers, loiterers and fishermen.

Charity without knowledge and consultation often can result in contempt. And arrogance in giving without concern for those receiving can often turn a good gesture into one of frustration.

Had the charitable and environmentally conscious organization only bothered to talk to the business places on the Shell Beach strip, together we could have shared the problem and found a method of education for the litter lovers, and fulfillment for all users of Shell Beach Road.

Giving and charitable works require consultation with the receivers of charity.

Makeda Mikael
Bizjet-to-Yacht Antigua Inc.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. So, if MM thinks that consulting her is the answer to fixing the litter problem then clearly she knows how to fix the problem. Why has she not fixed it as yet then? Why does she need to wait for others to consult her before fixing the problem? Not sure attacking people and calling them arrogant for putting down litter bins really makes sense. They are only trying to help.

  2. Dear TBT, the FBO adopted the road as the only way to ensure it was constantly cleaned, and engaged someone to cleanup after the night litter folks, but the new owners retired the service as it is the responsibility of the state.
    There is a great Ted talk which speaks to charitable causes which diminish the receiver by failure to consult with them for best charitable behavior. We must all work together for best results.

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