Cleaning up Black River

2019-05-21 06:00
Some of the mess that will be cleaned up.

Some of the mess that will be cleaned up.

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Environmental warriors, volunteers and residents are coming together to clean the filthy Black River mouth on Saturday.

The mouth is located in the industrial area of Paarden Eiland below the bridge of the R27 and flows through canals in Rondebosch and Claremont. It also flows through Mowbray, Observatory and Maitland.

The clean-up is hosted by Sea the Bigger Picture Ocean Initiative, whose aim is to educate citizens about litter on the beaches and oceans.

It will start at 10:00 with a safety briefing and registration, a clean-up and sorting and then an educational talk.

Some of the organisations joining the clean-up are the Renew Elsieskraal River, Plastic Pollution Initiative, Mike Ryder, Friends of Liesbeek, Help Up and Friends of Black River.

Chavonne Snyman from Plastic Pollution Initiative says every minute a big truckload of plastic enters the ocean, this comes from land and in less than two years that will be every 15 seconds.

“In years to come, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Plastic will never disintegrate or disappear.

“It will always be on the planet. Our canals and rivers need to be taken care of and maintained for us to survive. With climate change; it’s really only a matter of time,” she says.

Another group helping in the clean-up is Help Up. Georgia McTaggart,Help Up founder says they are joining the clean-up because they want to send a message across that as groups they think the river or the ocean and the environment is special. “This is all about cleaning up after our mess. We do a clean-up in our area and the things that we remove in the river are unimaginable.

“Joining hands with Sea The Bigger Picture is about showing solidarity and saying we want to see a change in the river. We want to set an example and to tell others that the situation is not hopeless, we can still save our environment. Though it won’t happen overnight – if we are consistent it will happen,” she says.

McTaggart says some of the things they have picked up in the river include washing machines, carpets, toys, nappies, building rubble. “People are just dumping in the river and don’t care what happens there. With this clean up we are saying this must stop and people must join hands to keep the rivers clean,” she says.

Everyone is welcome to take part.V For more information go to Sea The Bigger Picture on Facebook.

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