The public is a major concern of the Ministry of Environment. Around only 88 bins are available on public beaches which are not sufficient for the number of people who come. Is it the lack of bins which force people to throw their garbages anywhere or everywhere ? Is it the distance between bins? Are the bins too small ? Is it obvious to have more garbages on the beach after a festival ? Is there an attitude problem with people ? Is it because people are not aware of the life cycle of garbages ? Should people be educated on the impact of throwing garbages at the beach and how this is affecting the environment ? Do garbages affect tourists attraction in Mauritius? Some answers are found in this video below.
The total number of bins required on the public beaches as per a 2015 survey done by the Ministry of Environment is 466. Bins are placed on the public beaches so as to encourage people to avoid littering, which creates an unhealthy and aesthetically unpleasant social environment. The new policy of the Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management is to construct a central bin on each beach. As a pilot project, a central bin has been constructed at Bain Boeuf public beach. Signage boards have been placed in order to sensitize and guide the beach users to use the central bin to dump their wastes.
The Beach Authority is mandated to carry out sensitization campaign on public beaches for the awareness of the public on the importance to preserve, protect and maintain cleanliness on all the public beaches. The rationale behind the campaign is to curb the disposal of garbage and change the mindset of the people with regard to the proper use of public beaches. Emphasis is also laid on the consequences of the destruction of the eco-system, beach erosion and mitigation impacts of climate change. People should be educated on the life span of garbages and their consequences. The most seen garbages on public beaches is plastic bags. These plastic bags take over 15 years to decompose which is enormous. The amount of plastic bags thrown every year is continuously destroying the marine parks and exotic aquatic animals. Some fish have become extinct due to excessive garbages thrown at the beach.
Mauritius, being a small island, has limited space to put waste. With modern products and imports, and the growth of industry and tourism, more and more waste is being dumped in the sea. Sewage is mainly pumped out to sea, without treatment, and pollution is increasing with the growth of the population and tourism.
This can eventually destroy the coral reefs which play an important role in calming the energy of the waves, providing vital protection to the shores. Coral reefs are a major contributory factor to the beautiful beaches which attract many tourists to the island.
Source : Zero Waste Movement
The Beach Authority plays a key role in maintaining clean public beaches in the Republic of Mauritius. The cleaning and maintenance exercises are contracted out over to Maxiclean Ltd, Securiclean Ltd, Compagnie Regionale De Service et de L’Environnement Commercial Complex, Keep Clean Ltd, Mauriclean Ltd and Atics Ltd. The Beach Enforcement Officers of t he Beach Authority ensure that the contractors comply with the terms and conditions of their contracts.
Source : Clean up campaigns in Mauritius
On the 15th May 2017, the government launched a Clean up Mauritius and Embellishment campaign at Sugar Beach Golf and Spa Resort. The minister Anil Gayan made an appeal out in his speech that everyone should have the responsibility to keep the country clean and this should start from the youngest member in the family.
Author: Jaya Bhujun