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Cleanup & Recycle SA Week
September 10, 2018 @ 08:00 - September 15, 2018 @ 17:00
The annual Cleanup & Recycle SA Week will be taking place around the country next week. The event will see thousands of volunteers collecting and removing litter from our waterways.
Packaging waste continues to be one of the biggest culprits when it comes to pollution of our water sources and marine environment. However, as one of the first signatories of the Marine Debris Declaration, whereby 74 plastics associations from around the world have committed themselves to fight marine litter in 2011, Plastics|SA actively supports projects in six key areas aimed at contributing to sustainable solutions, namely education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery, and plastic pellet containment.
“We have managed to get other packaging streams and retailers to support our efforts and recycling initiatives, such as our beach clean-ups, Operation Clean Sweep, sponsoring litter booms and the Aqua Amazing schools’ education programme. Last year alone, we donated 350 000 yellow refuse bags that were used for clean-ups around the country and assisted coordinators with audited clean-ups,” says Plastics|SA sustainability director Douw Steyn.
World Cleanup Day 2018
The biggest, global cleanup event that the world has ever witnessed – the first ever World Cleanup Day – will be taking place on Saturday, 15 September 2018.
On this day, more than 150 countries around the world will be mobilized to pick up litter. World Cleanup Day will start in New Zealand when the sun rises, and moving around the globe with the time zones until it sets, end in Hawaii 36 hours later. South Africa is proud to be one of the 60 countries from the African continent who will be participating in this year’s event!
Community-led beach cleanups will be taking place at most major beaches throughout the week and on Saturday. Please check your local press for details.
Alternatively, feel free to join us in Cape Town or Durban between 09:00 and 12:00 on the 15th of September 2018 at one of the following major cleanups. We look forward to seeing you there!