The organisers of the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon have partnered with Junk, the only full-service recycling company in the Cayman Islands, to safely dispose of all the plastic that will be used in the event on Sunday, 6 December. Representatives from Junk will collect, sort and ship all the recycling items off island after the race.
The race uses both paper cups and plastic water bottles to hydrate the runners throughout the run. About 1000 people are expected to participate this year across the full marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), team relay and Milo Kids Fun Run events.
“In an ideal scenario, we would love to eliminate plastics from the race altogether but it would be cost-prohibitive for us as a relatively small race. However, we are continually looking at ways to reduce our use of this material, and we’re grateful for companies like Junk who are willing to help us reduce the race’s impact on our environment. Our participants and concerned members of the community can rest assured that the plastic used at the race will be shipped off island and recycled thus reducing the event’s carbon footprint on the island,” said Rhonda Kelly Co-Race Director.
“Junk Recycling is happy to work with the Cayman Islands Marathon team in its efforts to make the race more environmentally friendly. We provide a collection service from both commercial and residential customers collecting island wide on a daily basis. The runners can use a lot of plastic and we intend to do our part to make sure it doesn’t end up in the George Town Landfill,” said Andrew Bodden, Junk Recycling General Manager.
Junk Recycling will place receptacles near the water stops along the route for empty plastic bottles. Bottled water will be supplied this year by WATA, water in cups will be provided by Flowers Water and Gatorade will be available in both bottles and cups.
Registration for the 2020 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay is open online, and walk-in registration can also be done at the Kelly Holding office.
For more information, email info@CaymanIslandsMarathon.com or call 623-8822.
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is also sponsored by the Ministry of Sports, CG BritCay, Health City Cayman Islands, Gatorade, Milo, Flowers Bottled Water, Department of Tourism, Bank of China Grand Cayman Branch, FastSigns, Hurley’s Media, Netclues, Wata, Doctors Hospital, Massive, CUC, Quaker, Cayman Physiotherapy, Kelly Holding Events & Communications, Cost-U-Less, CayLight, Smoothie King, Bliss Living Yoga, Hopscotch Productions, Marshall’s Rent-A-Car and GNC.