Let’s all pick up the habit of cleaning up
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
NOT A DUMP SITE: Litter on Lagoon Beach in Milnerton, which may come from ships entering the Cape Town Harbour.