A CLEAN SWEEP – PLAS­TICS|SA

THE PLAS­TICS|SA CLEAN-UP CREWS WILL ONCE AGAIN HELP TO EN­SURE THAT THE WASTE FOOT­PRINT OF TWO OF CAPE TOWN’S BIG­GEST SPORT­ING EVENTS – BOTH TAK­ING PLACE IN MARCH THIS YEAR – IS KEPT AS SMALL AS POS­SI­BLE.

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For the 11th con­sec­u­tive year, Plas­tics|SA’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Man­ager, John Kieser, will be co­or­di­nat­ing clean-up crews who will be work­ing around the clock to keep the routes and sur­round­ing ar­eas used for the 40th Cape Town Cy­cle Tour (11th March) and the 49th Old Mu­tual Two Oceans Marathon (31st March) clean and lit­ter-free.

“Team­work is the beauty of sport, where in­di­vid­ual team mem­bers be­come self­less and act as one to­wards a com­mon goal. This year, our group of more than 200 clean­ers who have been em­ployed from var­i­ous town­ships in and around Cape Town – in­clud­ing Joe Slovo, Kaya­mandi, Masi­phumelele, Ocean View and Khayelit­sha – will once again demon­strate what can be achieved through unity, team­work and col­lab­o­ra­tion when they sweep the routes by pick­ing up all the wa­ter and en­ergy drink sa­chets used by the ath­letes, or lit­ter left be­hind by the spec­ta­tors, with as lit­tle dis­rup­tion to the events or the traf­fic as pos­si­ble,” Kieser says.

The ma­jor­ity of the waste col­lected dur­ing th­ese events is plas­tic waste, which has a high recycling value. Sev­eral truck­loads of plas­tic waste are col­lected and re­cy­cled an­nu­ally at th­ese events. Food waste is sent to No­ord­hoek for com­post­ing, whilst all non-or­ganic event waste col­lected dur­ing the marathon is re­cy­cled and up­cy­cled into unique school desks for un­der­re­sourced schools as part of the event’s #GoGreen cam­paign.

“Over the years, the ac­tive and vis­i­ble in­volve­ment of the Plas­tics|SA clean-up team and the PETCO branded bins and truck at th­ese events has helped to cre­ate an aware­ness of the plas­tics in­dus­try’s ded­i­ca­tion to keep­ing plas­tic lit­ter out of the en­vi­ron­ment,” Kieser says. He adds that the City of Cape Town plays a ma­jor role in boost­ing their clean-up ef­forts by en­sur­ing that the routes for th­ese an­nual events are cleaned prior to the race days.

“This year’s on­go­ing, se­vere drought has pre­sented a harsh re­al­ity for the event or­gan­is­ers, stake­hold­ers and par­tic­i­pants. How­ever, be­ing the two premier events on the prov­ince’s cal­en­dar, the events play an im­por­tant role in the eco­nomic growth of the city and the prov­ince, as well as pro­vide much-needed funds for the many char­i­ties that part­ner with and ben­e­fit from them. The plas­tics in­dus­try is proud to work along­side the or­gan­is­ers who are com­mit­ted to waste man­age­ment and recycling, and are do­ing ev­ery­thing in their power to en­sure th­ese iconic events take place with as lit­tle im­pact as pos­si­ble on the mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sup­ply and the en­vi­ron­ment,” Kieser con­cludes.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.plas­tic­sinfo.co.za.

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