Kids rock up to clean beach

2016-06-07 06:00
The pupils collected more than 700kg of litter from Strandfontein Beach on Saturday 28 May.  PHOTO: Craig Wilson

The pupils collected more than 700kg of litter from Strandfontein Beach on Saturday 28 May. PHOTO: Craig Wilson

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More than 140 learners from Eisleben and Hillside primary schools in Rocklands, clad in their red T-shirts, helped clear the beach of 750 kilograms of litter.

The children joined the staff of the Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), the local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company in the Western and Northern Cape, who hosted the beach clean-up.

The clean-up took place at Strandfontein Beach on Saturday 28 May where the learners by the end of the initiative collected no less than 53 bags of litter.

Founder and director of Clean-C, Greg Player, says: “Today we are not just picking up litter – we are helping to make this beach and our city something to be proud of, and we are protecting the environment while we are at it. We all have a part to play in keeping our surroundings clean.”

The group then dispersed along the beach, picking up all the litter they could find.

Rubbish on the shore poses a health hazard to both human and animal life, besides being an unpleasant sight.

Over the course of an hour more than 50 bags of trash were gathered.

The rubbish was removed to be sorted for recycling, where possible, after the clean-up – creating a small job opportunity for those with limited means.

After the hard work, everyone gathered for a lunch of boerewors rolls and refreshments to celebrate the day’s achievements.

A DJ entertained the group with catchy tunes and there were prizes to be won for those showing off the best dance moves.

“The beach looked just as it should afterwards,” says Jaco Nel, general manager for marketing at PenBev.

“It is always fantastic to see how keen everyone is to do their part while knowing that we can also recycle many of the items collected.

“At PenBev we are passionate about caring for the environment. Our biannual beach clean-up is just one way for us to demonstrate this passion whilst having a lot of fun too,” concludes Nel.

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