Unveiling of Bonaire first marine waste separation unit

Kralendijk – It was a special moment of pride for Michael LaFortune, founder of A Plastic Free Bonaire (APFB) during the unveiling of the first waste separation plant, located on the Noordpier in Kralendijk.

The unit is the first of eight to be placed along the coast, from Chachacha beach to Playa Lechi. Carolyn Caporusso, board member of APFB, said that we all have a responsibility to prevent litter on Bonaire. Especially since it can threaten our reefs and the precious underwater world. Commissioner James Kroon stressed the importance of the project in achieving the overall objective of a cleaner Bonaire.

A Plastic Free Bonaire thanked sponsors such as Budget Marine, Kooyman, Sunbelt Realty and Dive Friends Bonaire, and other partners Selibon and DRO (Directorate of Space and Development) for playing an important role in the realization and implementation of the project. Selibon takes care of emptying the waste bins every day.

The current unit will be tested for a month to see if improvements are needed. The unit offers separate collection bins for glass bottles, plastic and other waste. Meanwhile, residents and tourists on Bonaire can get used to the fact that waste separation is becoming increasingly important for Bonaire. Striving for a circular economy through the reuse of waste products on Bonaire can ultimately lead to more activity and employment on Bonaire.

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