PILES OF RUBBISH COLLECTED IN NOTTIES
Midlands residents were out in force at the weekend, determined to clean-up Nottingham Road.
Hosted by Love Notties, the event was part of national ‘Clean-Up & Recycle Week’, which takes place between September 12 and 17.
This year’s event also coincided with National River Clean-Up Day on September 14, Recycling Day on September 16, and International Coastal Clean-Up Day and World Clean-Up Day on September 17.
Bags and bags of rubbish was collected by volunteers in Notties and a contingent from Love Howick.
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister, Barbara Creecy, has appealed to all South Africans to tackle the problem of litter in our communities.
“Litter is a serious problem in South Africa, and most of the littered waste materials can be recycled and thus diverted from landfill,” she says.
“By participating in clean-up and recycling activities in both our rural and urban communities, we are contributing to a cleaner environment that will contribute to a healthier society.”
The Minister added: “We would like to see a society where all of us are recycling, encourage reuse and reduction on the amount of waste we generate.
“We strongly stand against illegal dumping and littering. A week such as this is an ideal opportunity for all to start regular community activities to clean our environment.”
Meanwhile, uMngeni Municipality has recently employed 60 people to tackle waste and cleanliness issues in the area.
Mayor, Councillor Chris Pappas, said: “The teams have been busy in different areas cleaning up after people who have no respect for the environment or those around them.”