Heartfelt thanks to litter heroes who keep Van Riebeeck Park clean
Aivars Priede, George:
I am a member of the Van Riebeeck Park committee but this letter is in my private capacity. The committee looks after the park's maintenance and well-being, with welcome help from the municipality. Litter, especially of the plastic variety, has been a big problem but now seems to be finally under control. This is partly due to an unknown group of people who take time to pick up litter whilst on their walks. I don't know who they are but would like to offer them my sincere heartfelt thanks. I did see a group of Scouts picking up litter as part of their qualification process. They did a massive job going into the river and other difficult to reach places to retrieve the stuff.
Unfortunately, it's not all good news and several drums placed to receive rubbish have been stolen over time. Also, we can't place bins at the Davidson Road and Camphersdrift car parks because to many people they seem to denote a dumping point and get filled up with domestic waste in black plastic bags. These bags then get split open in the park by independent recyclers and the resulting mess has to be picked up.
I saw a split bag in the park 2 weeks ago and made a note with a heavy heart that I would have to pick it up on my next circuit. To my delight, the next day I found that it had all been picked up and put in a black bag. Whoever that person was, many many thanks.
Finally, to the people who use the park, there is no shame in picking up a bit of litter and putting it in the drums. Eventually all plastic waste everywhere will have to be picked up anyway, so best to practice now.
The park is looking stunning in the autumn sun and is well worth a visit.
Foto: Lizette da Silva