‘Biggest’ clean up kicks off

2018-06-28 06:02
Volunteers at one of the clean-ups in a city centre.

Volunteers at one of the clean-ups in a city centre.

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One of the continent’s largest supermarket chains is staging Africa’s biggest clean-up, with more than 6 000 people in nine countries expected to participate in almost 500 events from Saturday 14 to Wednesday 18 July to remove waste from communities.

In doing so the Shoprite Group hopes to launch a movement of active citizens who act for change by cleaning and keeping clean public areas. Plastic waste is putting the environment under considerable pressure with the equivalent of a garbage truck of plastic being dumped in our oceans every minute.

Furthermore, South Africa risks running out of landfill space over the next couple of years, so recycling is central to this initiative, and clean-up organisers are encouraged to partner with local recyclers or waste pickers, to ensure most of what is collected is recycled.

With this focus, the retailer aims to highlight the business opportunities available through the recycling of paper, glass, plastic and other material.

Anybody can join via the website www.actforchange.africa, a site developed in partnership with Brownie Points. The platform enables users to create their own clean-ups or join an existing one in their area, and contains information about the nearest recycler or waste management company.

Organisers are also given guidelines on what their duties are as hosts, how to market their event and what to do on the day and after the clean-up. Participants may share their experience on social media.

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