Help clean the beach and make a dif­fer­ence

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - RAGHEEMAH ARENDS

CIG­A­RETTE butts are top of a list of top 10 ocean pol­luters,ac­cord­ing to re­search by the non­profit en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cacy group Ocean Con­ser­vancy.

To­day is in­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup Day. Plas­tic bot­tles are the sec­ond most found item on the list, with over 1.5 mil­lion of them col­lected from the sea. Six of the top 10 items are plas­tic – plas­tic lids, bot­tles, caps, bags and straws, as well as stir­rers.

“Nearly 12 mil­lion peo­ple and count­ing have been part of the world’s big­gest vol­un­teer ef­fort to pro­tect the ocean.”

Di­rec­tor of Clean C and Founder of Cape Town Beach Clean-up Gre­gory Player said that the or­gan­i­sa­tion does over 15 clean-ups around Cape Town on the first Satur­day of ev­ery month, from “Melk­bos to Gor­don’s Bay”.

“The city does fan­tas­tic work keep­ing the beaches clean and we see our­selves as com­ple­ment­ing the great work that they are do­ing,” he said.

They’ll be host­ing a beach clean-up at their Ad­ven­ture Cen­tre to­day from 9am to 2pm at Seaforth Beach near Si­mon’s Town.

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