The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is 41 years old this year. It all started with just 26 runners and is now attracting over 26 000 across the ultra, the half marathon, the trail runs and the fun runs. The ultra marathon follows a beautiful 56km scenic route around the Cape Peninsula and ends at the University of Cape Town with a carnival for the whole family.
This year it takes place on Saturday 3 April and is televised live to over 100 000 viewers. As with all big events, the spectators and participants will be littering.
The Plastics Industry‘s Enviromark will be there to clean up with their well-known yellow clean-up bags. 100 Enviromark volunteers in yellow will be collecting litter en-route and seeing that the litter is taken to WastePlan‘s recycling facility in Cape Town, where it is sorted for recycling.
The Enviromark team aims to recycle 75% of all the litter collected during the event, as the balance of litter is unrecyclable due to contamination. Plastics recyclables are sorted into PET bottles, Polystyrene and other plastics. An objective of the Plastic Industry’s Enviromark is to focus on litter awareness, and this will be done at the event’s Expo at our stand and en-route cleaning.
This strategy, known as Event Greening, is making socially and environmentally responsible decisions when organising or participating in an event. The greening of events contributes to a cleaner and greener South Africa, with less litter going to landfills. Wasteplan is a waste-management company operating countrywide.