PHILIPSBURG:— The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation over the weekend removed numerous balloons from littering the ocean. Both on Saturday and Sunday out on patrol the Foundation collected balloons drifting in the sea. Previously the Foundation had urged various organizations, including the SCDF who organized two balloon-related activities over the weekend, to find sustainable alternatives to using balloons during the two events. The Foundation had also requested the in October SCDF to limit the amount of single-use plastics at the Festival Village this year but never received a response.
During last year’s Carnival, the Foundation recorded a significant increase in plastic