Public urged to clean

2018-09-12 06:01
Patrons of Shoprite’s World Cleanup Day on good course.Photo: Supplied

Patrons of Shoprite’s World Cleanup Day on good course.Photo: Supplied

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The Shoprite Group again calls on the public in the Free State to support its World Cleanup Day initiative to be undertaken on 15 September.

This clean-up will be across Africa and it aims at making cities attractive, sustainable and maintain environmental health.

World Cleanup Day followed the success of Africa’s biggest clean-up campaign held from 14 to 18 July, resulting in the collection of 26 000 bags of waste. Since March, Shoprite’s Free State division has been leading the campaign, and has also teamed up with the Mangaung Metro to host monthly clean-ups in Bloemfontein’s city centre. All stores in the Free State will participate in clean-up campaigns of their local areas in partnership with like-minded individuals, organisations and companies.

Lunga Schoeman, the Shoprite Group corporate social investment spokesperson, said via the World Cleanup Day initiative they also aim to encourage the public to recycle.

“There is value in waste with recycling offering earning opportunities that can be exploited. Cans fetch the highest price selling on average at R11/kg with plastic – depending on the density – going for about R4/kg,” he said.

“This drive is the perfect opportunity for people to get behind our initiative to act for change by cleaning their neighbourhoods and public spaces,” Schoeman said.

Anyone can join or organise a clean-up using the digital platform www.actforchange.africa, developed by Shoprite in partnership with the volunteerism organisation, Brownie Points.

The emphasis will again be on recycling with clean-up organisers being urged to partner with local recyclers or waste management companies.

According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, landfills in the Free State are 50% full, a situation which is not as dire as the one in Gauteng, at 80% capacity already.

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