(CMR) Organizers of CayMAS have apologized for trash left on the roadsides over the weekend, explaining that the issue resulted from emails not being sent to those responsible for the cleanup.
“We greatly regret the inconvenience caused through our actions and apologize to everyone involved and affected. Our delayed response was unacceptable, our team is currently reviewing this failure to ensure that measures are implemented to ensure that this issue never occurs again,” CayMAS chairman said in a release on Tuesday.
The chairman said CayMas has been in existence since 2017 and every year since its inception a clean-up crew follow the parade to clean up from George Town to Public Beach. At the end of that mission, the cleanup crew then heads back down Seven Mile Beach to ensure even the smallest amount of debris is cleared.
“Unfortunately, this year, our cleaning orders were caught in our outbox. Once we became aware of the issue, we took immediate action. Both to ensure the problem could be corrected as soon as possible, and to avoid any disruption to our beautiful islands' image,” he added.
He said the issue was discovered Saturday evening, but with the next day being Sunday, CayMAS was unable to connect with the usual cleanup team.
“This left us in a precarious position and ultimately unable to get a company until the holiday Monday to get the cleanup completed. The road clean-up team mobilized at 7am on Monday morning and quickly worked their way from our start point in George Town to our end point at Public Beach,” the chairman further explained.
The organizers said all of the CayMAS Carnival bands manage their respective trash through bins on each vehicle in addition to reusable cups, which were used by the revelers, a model adopted to minimize waste and consumption, allowing a minimum impact on the environment.
The chairman said, “The majority of the trash on the roadsides relates to that of spectators; in future years, we will have a discussion with the Department of Environmental Health for ideas and recommendations to help mitigate this situation ever occurring again.”
CayMAS Carnival NPO is a wholly operated Caymanian entity, and we take great pride in the cleanliness of our island. We would like to thank the thousands of spectators and revelers who participated on Saturday, and even through the heat of summer, a safe and enjoyable experience was had by all,” the release ended.