Overstrand Municipality’s Environment Management Section joined countries from across the world to mark International Coastal Clean-up Day.
The clean-up was on 15 September 2022 and the team cleaned up the beach between Grotto and De Kelders.
A total of 36 bags and two bakkie loads, with a total weight of 427.5 kg, of waste and litter were collected along the 14km of beach to minimise the amount of rubbish in our oceans.
Plastic containers, fibre installation pipes, fishing net and net pieces, kreef and chokka traps, wood pallets, bubble wrap, a 6-man tent and pieces of rope (54 meters long) were picked up.
KEEP LITTER OFF OUR BEACHES AND OUT OF THE SEA: Environmental officers, field rangers and EPWP workers from Overstrand Municipality’s Environmental Management Services (EMS) took time out to collect and picking up litter from our beaches earlier in the week.
An ordinary plastic container can take anywhere between 50 and 100 years to disintegrate as it is not bio-degradable. Alarmingly, since it’s advent in the 1950’s over one billion tons of this type of plastic has been discarded.
The scourge of plastic is only increasing. It is necessary to keep our beaches clean if we hope to keep our oceans clean.
Overstrand Municipality once again thanks residents for donating their time and energy to clean our beaches.