Keep our beaches clean this summer

2007-11-17 00:00

This is the message for holidaymakers on Durban beaches this festive season as part of an anti-litter campaign adopted from Cape beaches.

The Love the Beach - Don't Litter campaign, which was launched at Dairy Beach yesterday, will see specially trained ambassadors, known as beach buddies, “talking trash” with beachgoers about the knock-on effects of littering. These students will be easily recognisable in blue T-shirts, shorts and white cricket hats.

According to Durban Solid Waste education officer Guy Caws, up to 40% of the waste collected off beaches during the holiday season comprises cigarette butts. That is why smokers will be given “butt cups” - clever ashtrays made from recycled material by non-profit organisations - and asked to use these instead of stubbing cigarettes out in the sand.

Marcus van Wyk, spokesman for the Fairest Cape Association that began the campaign in the Cape in 2003, said tons of litter and millions of rands of clean-up costs come after the huge trek to the beaches during summer.

“Waste is a costly business with municipal tariffs between R100 and R160 to remove a ton of litter. Less litter reduces the load on already strained resources.”

The campaign is endorsed by Indalo Yethu, a national environmental awareness campaign launched by national government last year.

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