We have kicked off our ‘Reduce and Reuse St Maarten’ project by releasing five easy steps businesses and residents can take to reduce their single-use plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution is a global concern that has damaging impacts on human and environmental health. St Maarten has the highest municipal solid waste of the Caribbean at 9.7 kg per capita per day, compared to Curacao’s waste generation of 0.44 kg (source: SER SXM). The ineffective disposal of waste has caused major problems on St Maarten, as poor waste management, frequent toxic landfill fires, no waste separation and no recycling pose grave concerns regarding public health, air pollution, and water and soil contamination. If current trends continue there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

The Nature Foundation calculated that Dutch St Maarten alone uses more than 1.4 billion plastic straws a year.

Awareness

The Nature Foundation St Maarten is fighting plastic pollution through the ‘Reduce & Reuse St Maarten’ project, which teaches and encourages residents, children and businesses to reduce their plastic waste output and clean-up the environment.

Residents

Residents can easily reduce their single-use plastic pollution by following these 5 easy but impactful steps:

  1. Say no to single-use plastic products: straws, bags, cups and disposable cutlery.
  2. Carry a reusable shopping bag, water bottle, spork and cup.
  3. Use and choose biodegradable alternatives.
  4. Buy and ask for unpacked vegetables and fruits.
  5. Lobby businesses to use less plastic and spread the word!

Businesses

All St Maarten businesses can also help to reduce a large amount of single-use plastic pollution by following these 5 impactful steps:

  1. Only provide straws and bags upon request.
  2. Use reusable cups and cutlery whenever possible.
  3. Use biodegradable products (straws, cups, lids, cutlery and to-go containers).
  4. Advertise your eco-activism!
  5. Lobby other companies to use less plastic!

Reduce and Reuse Ocean Defender Volunteers wanted!

We are looking for volunteers who would like to help with this project and want to be part of Nature Foundation’s Ocean Defender Team. As part of the team you will

  • learn in a workshop about plastic pollution and how to reduce it,
  • you will be trained to spread this important message and
  • to involve more people in the fight against plastic pollution!

St. Maarten is a beautiful island that attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. The Nature Foundation wants to keep it that way. Your help in cleaning up and reducing plastic waste will go a long way in ensuring the preservation of the beauty Sint Maarten is known for.

Read more about this project…