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    After a vibrant Parade and Square Event widely supported by the community and the Gibraltar Government forty-five teams tackled 31 sites throughout Gibraltar. Hotspots and difficult areas saw teams double up and work together this year. The traditional “mountain of waste” created for the past seven years will this year look quite different. This is because we have sent special waste items like electronics, timber, metal, furniture etc. to the appropriate facility recently opened on a seven day basis and therefore not added to our pile. The 7 day facility was a Government response to the CUTW campaign and Litter Committee and very much welcomed.

    Skips and large industrial sacks provided to teams to tackle hard to reach areas will see collection this coming week and therefore miss “the pile”.

    Nevertheless our mountain is still impressive and “open for viewing” until midday Monday 24th September at the City Dump.

    Organisers wish to thank EVERYONE involved this year who played an important role in clearing rubbish and raising awareness and helping meet the challenge of cleaning up Gibraltar.

    A full report will be published over the next few days.


    SPECIAL NEWS!! On Clean up the World Day Min Cortes announced that Gibraltar will very soon be collecting plastic, tetra bricks and cardboard/paper for onward recycling -great news!

    CUTW 2012 hours away!

    ESG Radio Newsletter – 20th September 2012

    Two days to go for our 8th Clean Up and things are definitely hotting up! With 38 teams based throughout Gibraltar we are confident that our beautiful Rock will be cleaner after our huge volunteer effort. We are delighted with the community response we have and are receiving – indeed teams are signing up even now, in the eleventh hour!

    What is also clear is that awareness raised by this campaign is growing and that the many issues highlighted for action are beginning to receive the important action and investment they deserve; a process that began under the previous Government and embraced with fresh energy by the current administration. There remains more to be done and this will be reflected in the exciting Parade setting off from casemates at 11.00am Saturday morning- everyone is welcome and those of you with children are especially encouraged to come along. Schools, clubs and associations as well as some CUTW teams will be on the march celebrating the efforts undertaken over the weekend by the 700 volunteers to remove unsightly and dangerous litter from green, coastal, underwater and urban areas as well as caves, a first for the CUTW campaign.

    Ending up at John Mackintosh Square, also known as the Piazza, the gathering will be given a surprise presentation followed by a short statement by the Minister for the Environment, Dr John Cortes, and a brief word by the organisers of the event on the campaigns impact in Gibraltar. Some awards and certificates will be issued to thank and encourage younger members present to follow CUTW aims throughout the year. Our summer workshops will ensure that the waste models present will be hugely impactive and help deliver important environmental messages about the massive global problems to do with waste. Our waste- from our over consumptive, throwaway societies.

    We continue our efforts via our hard working teams picking up rubbish or helping clear sites with different CUTW partners the rest of the day. Volunteers are also invited to another gathering, this time to the launch of an Environmental Exhibition, opened to the general public from the 25th to the 28th of September. Schools will take part in workshops during the week and its certainly an exhibition not to be missed. This will be held at the John Mackintosh Hall galleries. More information will be published on this tomorrow.

    All those of you who have helped get us this far in organising what is a huge logistical exercise is publicly thanked for their support –

    You will have been hearing about the ITWMC campaign who this week are campaigning for greener, healthier forms of transport as part of a European wide movement. It’s welcome to see members of the community get behind this worthy campaign –let’s hope the effort is kept up throughout the year – it is about personal choice and government policy.

    Finally, a word to our team leaders to please collect equipment and information from 1st floor Plater Youth Club tomorrow Friday as from 6pm. Call 54960000 for any queries.

    ESG Radio Broadcast 060912

    ESG Radio Newsletter 6th September 2012 – A quick round up of local environmental news.

    CUTW updates are going out today and tomorrow via email to the many schools/associations, companies and government agencies supporting this annual environmental, community wide event. Over thirty teams are now signed up and we are absolutely delighted with the response to this campaign. Clearly, keeping Gibraltar tidy matters to many of us and we hope this year to raise even more awareness and achieve further progress in managing Gibraltar’s waste. Two considerable goals of our campaign have been realised this year with the formation of the Litter Committee driving a number of issues forward, one of these being the seven day waste facility. This will go a considerable way towards helping keep our green areas free from tipping.

    However, it’s clear to anyone travelling along Europa Advance Road today, that the facilities themselves are woefully inadequate being open to the elements and results in rubbish strewn everywhere even raising the risk potential of a traffic accident as some of the waste is quite heavy, gets lifted in heavy winds and could hit windscreens etc. We have been calling for a modern Eco Park where all types of rubbish can be received in a sheltered area preventing waste from escaping and entering road, cliff and marine systems. Until such time as this is achieved however, we believe it’s important that the existing facilities be enclosed to prevent airborne redistribution of waste which has been taken there.

    Back to the Clean Up weekend itself we hope that the public will support the Parade that will set off from Casemates at 11.00am on the 22nd Sept. This will be followed by some activity and stalls at the John Mackintosh Square. This exhibition and more will then be on display at the John Mackintosh Hall as from the 24th September for the week when special workshops, activities and films will also be shown. CUTW organisers would like to thank everyone who has extended help and support in these weeks.

    A reminder to anyone wishing to volunteer to please attend the main planning meeting on the 11th September at Charles Hunt Room, John Mack Hall at 7.30pm.

    If you would like more information on anything you have heard today please contact us on: 200-48996
    Mobile: 54960000, email at esg@gibtelecom.net and we shall be happy to help.
    Visit esg-gib.net for more news.

    Thanks for listening.


    NEWS RE CUTW 2012

    Kindly note that 2012 Clean up the World – while taking place globally on the 15th September, will nevertheless take place in Gibraltar on the 22nd September.
    The ESG is organising a week long exhibition on environmental issues following the weekend clean up and this will run from the 24th to the 28th September at the John Mackintosh Hall. The Exhibition with a difference will be formally opened by Minister for the Environment, Dr.John Cortes, on Monday 24th September at 6pm and CUTW volunteers are all invited to the launch. The Exhibition will host work and information from a number of different associations and NGO’s related to the environment.

    Preparations for the Clean Up roll on with over thirty teams already signed up. Different projects will be tackled that follow the intrinisic aims of the global campaign of cleaning and greening up and conserving our environment. Next key logistics meeting takes place on the 11th September at the Charles Hunt Room, at 7.30pm and all team leaders and unassigned individual volunteers are requested to attend as important information will be issued and final arrangements pinned down.

    Schools and associations are invited to support the Parade and Street Exhibition which has traditionally launched the clean up efforts every year. Those interested in supporting the Parade are asked to please gather at Casemates Square as from 10.15am Saturday 22nd for a start at 11.00am. The busy summer workshops have guaranteed that this years parade and exhibitions will be highly impactful helping drive home the message to young and old about the need to care for and be responsible about our environment and the planet we inhabit.

    Timings and Dates CUTW 2012

    CUTW Final Planning mtg: 11th September – Charles Hunt Room 7.30pm
    CUTW workshops: 5th, 12th and 19th September – as from 7pm (Plater Youth Club, 1st floor)
    CUTW weekend: 22nd September – CUTW Parade sets off from Casemates at 11.00am -please arrive 10.15 to 10.30am
    and 22nd September – CUTW Teams Working on allocated sites as from Saturday morning onwards
    ESG/CUTW Exhibition: 24th -28th September – CUTW Exhibtion John Mackintosh Hall launches Monday 24th at 6pm