Mega-yacht, Mega-mess: ISM students clean up port

IUM Students with Kate Powers, owner of Stars’n’Bars
ISM Students with Kate Powers, owner of Stars’n’Bars

On Sunday, October 2, volunteers from the International School of Monaco joined forces with Stars’n’Bars to help to clean up the port following the Monaco Yacht show.

The group collected “abandoned” plastic bottles, food wrapping, metal packaging, bubble wrap and papers for disposal in the Yellow Trash Bin provided by the SMA (Société Monégasque d’Assainissement).

With its strategic port location, Stars’n’Bars initiated this operation to take effect as soon as possible after the 4-day event to keep litter from falling into the sea, creating pollution and endangering sea life.

ISM students donated their spare time as part of the school’s community service program and in support of Stars’n’Bars Eco-Hub campaign to raise awareness about recycling and to develop eco-friendly habits.

At a press conference last month, Mme Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, launched the “A bag for life” initiative stating, “There are 250 billion plastics bags in the Mediterranean sea, and each bag takes 450 years to decompose.”