Every full bucket of trash picked off the sand and returned to the Germaican Hostel will net visitors and tourists a free joint
A hostel in Long Bay, Jamaica is coming up with creative solutions to keep local beaches pristine, Lad Bible reports.
Every full bucket of trash picked off the sand and returned to the Germaican Hostel will net visitors and tourists a free joint.
German owner Marian Erbach, 33, who now lives in Jamaica, said the idea came to him and his partner while he was undertaking extensive research about plastic waste after being disturbed by the state of the country’s famous coastal stretches.
“I was just totally upset with all the garbage around us, so the last months I did a lot of research about trash, specially about plastic trash,” Erbach told Lad Bible. “I often saw some pics where people offered free coffee for a bucket of trash. My girlfriend made a joke, she said, ‘In Jamaica we should offer free spliffs.’”
So he rolled 56 grams of cannabis into 56 joints – 56 grams being the maximum amount of the drug that one can possess in Jamaiaca without incurring more than a small fine – and wandered down to the sand.
“The buckets are at the bar next to my sign, so take up a bucket, walk the beach, fill it, bring it to the bar and get a spliff. These are presents.”
Erbach says the exchange is considered a gift as opposed to a transaction in order to keep the scheme from running afoul of local laws.
“For us it is not possible to trade or change ganja for trash or anything, we just don’t have the license and no permit for it,” he explains.
The endeavour may sound like an expensive one, but Erbach says that’s not the case.
“One of the funniest things about all that, the two buckets I bought were more expensive than all the joints,” he said.
The garbage is later collected and sent to landfills.
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Written by Emma Spears