City joins world in Coastal Clean-up

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AT LEAST 150 peo­ple got to­gether at the East Lon­don beach­front and Es­planade last week for the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up.

The project was es­tab­lished in 1989 by the Ocean Con­ser­vancy, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion based in the United States, with the aim to clean up beaches and help pro­tect marine life.

The ini­tia­tive soon spread and to­day the In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up takes place around the world on the third Satur­day of Septem­ber each year.

Last week’s cam­paign was ini­ti­ated by Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA).

Hun­dreds of bags of lit­ter were col­lected dur­ing the clean up along East Lon­don’s beaches.All the re­cy­clable ma­te­rial from the col­lec­tion was then do­nated to a re­cy­cling buy-back cen­tre.

How­ever, the rea­sons for beach clean-ups are not just about keeping beaches beau­ti­ful, they are also about sav­ing the planet’s oceans.

“We are try­ing to take care of our en­vi­ron­ment and clean our beaches,” CCBSA Eastern and West­ern Cape CSI spe­cial­ist Buseka Ado­nis said.

“We also have schools join­ing us here to­day, which are part of our schools re­cy­cling pro­gramme.

“The pro­gramme aims to cre­ate a gen­er­a­tion of South Africans com­mit­ted to en­sure that dis­carded waste does not end up as lit­ter in the oceans or waste in a nearby land­fill site,” Ado­nis said.

Through the pro­gramme, pupils are also en­cour­aged to re­duce and re­cy­cle lit­ter in or­der to cre­ate cleaner com­mu­ni­ties.

Pic­ture: QHAMANI LINGANI

DO­ING THEIR BIT: Dozens of peo­ple took to the East Lon­don beach­front last week to take part in the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up

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