Co­as­tal C­le­an up kicks ci­ga­ret­te butts

Suid-Kaap FORUM - - Voorblad -

STILBAAI Mi­ran­da van Aardt and a group of vo­lun­teers had their first Stilbaai Co­as­tal C­le­an Up for the y­e­ar on Sun­day 6 Ja­nu­a­ry. They star­ted at S­kul­pies­baai and wal­ked through to the tur­na­round point. Van Aardt said: “We mos­t­ly found pie­ces of plas­tic that was­hed out from the o­ce­an, fis­hing ge­ar - mos­t­ly ro­pe and li­nes and most of all ci­ga­ret­te butts. Ci­ga­ret­te butts are the most com­mon­ly lit­te­red i­tem a­round the wor­ld to­day due to lack of a­wa­re­ness on the smo­ker’s part.” Emp­ty beer, ci­ders and ot­her al­co­ho­lic be­vera­ge bott­les was al­so a big con­cern. Van Aardt ad­ded that the co­re of most ci­ga­ret­te fil­ters, the part that looks li­ke whi­te cot­ton, is ac­tu­al­ly a form of plas­tic cal­led cel­lu­lo­se a­ce­ta­te. By it­self, cel­lu­lo­se a­ce­ta­te is very slow to de­gra­de in the en­vi­ron­ment. De­pen­ding on the con­di­ti­ons of the a­rea the ci­ga­ret­te butt is dis­car­ded in, it can ta­ke 18 mont­hs to 10 y­e­ars for a ci­ga­ret­te fil­ter to de­com­po­se. But that is not the worst of it. U­sed ci­ga­ret­te fil­ters are full of tox­ins, which can le­ach in­to the ground and wa­ter­ways, da­ma­ging li­ving or­ga­nis­ms that co­me in­to con­tact with them. Most fil­ters are dis­car­ded with bits of to­bac­co still at­ta­ched to them as well, furt­her pol­lu­ting the en­vi­ron­ment with ni­co­ti­ne, which is poi­so­nous. Vo­lun­teers w­he­re Lucka S­mith (pho­to­grap­her and mi­cro-plas­tic fin­der), R­ho­a­na V­rey, Jim and C­har­li­ne Ho­rak B­ren­nan.

From the left are R­ho­a­na V­rey, Mi­ran­da van Aardt, Jim B­ren­nan and C­har­li­ne Ho­rak B­ren­nan.

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