Let’s all pick up the habit of clean­ing up

Cape Argus - - OPINION -

CLEAN-UP and Re­cy­cle SA Week is un­der way, with var­i­ous clean-ups for neigh­bour­hoods, rivers and beaches in the city.

This week high­lights dif­fer­ent types of beach, street and river clean-ups to get in­volved in.

It is clear that waste at­tacks and de­stroys ecosys­tems. In these ever-chang­ing times, we look at the sea for pos­si­ble drink­ing wa­ter and we can ill af­ford to pol­lute it.

As sum­mer rapidly ap­proaches, we think of beaches, white sand and good times. The op­po­site might ex­ist with lit­ter scat­tered ev­ery­where and the sea filled with pa­pers and plas­tic.

How does this hap­pen? Cape Town’s renowned “Cape Doc­tor” help to blow pa­pers from Hei­de­veld to Camps Bay. All lit­ter even­tu­ally finds its way into our coun­try’s oceans and on to beaches.

It is crit­i­cal that cit­i­zens re­alise that lit­ter trav­els and a strong fo­cus needs to be on the end des­ti­na­tion.

So, what per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance does World Clean-up Day hold for you and me?

It in­spires a call for ac­tion to start do­ing sim­ple things, like do­nat­ing black bags or to make ev­ery day a clean-up day by start­ing to #CleanYourHood.

WILMOT ARENDSE Kuil­sriver

PIC­TURE: DAVID RITCHIE

NOT A DUMP SITE: Lit­ter on La­goon Beach in Mil­ner­ton, which may come from ships en­ter­ing the Cape Town Har­bour.

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