Clean-up and Recycle SA Week: 10-16 September 2018
Clean-up and Recycle SA Week is an annual initiative by the local plastics industry, supported and endorsed by the various packaging and retail streams and retailers. Each year, close to 120 000 volunteers participate in these clean-up activities that take place along roadsides, rivers, schools, residential and illegal dumping areas. The initiative is supported by provincial governments, local municipalities, environmental organisations, businesses, schools and communities.
One of the highlights of Clean-up and Recycle SA week, is South Africa’s participation in the International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICC) – the world’s biggest annual volunteer effort for ocean health that sees thousands of people flock to beaches to pick up and remove litter found in the marine environment.
Ocean Conservancy is the international coordinator of the ICC, but Plastics SA coordinates beach clean-ups that take place in the three Cape provinces, as well as various river clean-ups that take place inland. We are proud to partner with South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) members who take responsibility for coordinating beach clean-ups / coastal clean-ups from the west to the east coasts of SA.
This year, together with ICC, Plastics SA is a proud supporter of one of the biggest national clean-up collaborations on this day, partnering with the Let’s Do It! Africa campaign, Keep Pietermaritzburg Clean Association and the WESSA Tourism Blue Flag Project (a National Department of Tourism funded coastal conservation and youth development project) to support or implement a number of registered ICC coastal clean-ups from the west to the east coasts of SA.
Approximately 75% of ocean litter is derived from land based waste. Without effective waste collection, an avalanche of debris will enter the ocean. To prevent this, we encourage South Africans of all ages, races and backgrounds to participate in this year’s Clean-up and Recycle Week SA activities.
Clean-up and Recycle SA Week will take place this year from 10 - 16 September 2018, with various clean-ups being planned for neighbourhoods, water sources and beaches around the country. One of the highlights of this annual environmental awareness event are the National Recycling Day falling on the 15th of September 2018 and the 22nd International Coastal Clean-Up that will take place on Saturday, 15 September 2017.
“The aim of this week is to increase an awareness of the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling. During this time, we encourage communities, schools and businesses to clean-up the areas where they work, live and play by collecting the litter and ensuring that it gets recycled,” explains Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director of Plastics SA and member of the National Recycling Forum team.
International Coastal Clean-Up Day 2018
The Department of Environmental Affairs has called on all South Africans to take responsibility for keeping their communities and natural environment free of litter – as well as to reduce, recover, re-use and recycle their waste.
South Africa marks National Clean-up Week from 10-16 September 2018, with National Recycling Day falling on the 15th of September 2018. Clean-Up Week is an annual initiative by the local plastics industry, supported and endorsed by the various packaging and retail streams and retailers.