Converting trash into treasure

2019-12-03 06:00
The 9Miles Project children with the trash collected.

The 9Miles Project children with the trash collected.

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Residents have done their bit to keep the beaches clean.

A group of 60 locals were part of a Strandfontein Beach clean-up project on Saturday 16 November, hosted by The Beach Co-Op in partnership with the 9Miles Project.

The initiative forms part of the Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival.

The clean-up and Seaside Scavenge kicked off at 09:00.

“Young and old were invited to come down to help clean the Blue Flag beach and to learn about marine pollution while having fun with others who care about the ocean and environment,” says Carmen Davids of the 9Miles project.

“The goal is to make the Strandfontein Pavilion clean-up a quarterly event so we’d like to encourage all Strandfontein and Mitchell’s Plain residents to come out in droves to support these fun, but important initiatives,” says Nigel Savel, 9Miles Project founder.

Davids says the residents could trade any trash collected on the beach for pre-loved clothing, books and other items donated by the public.

The wind did not deter people from having fun and participants also had the opportunity to win prizes such as free tickets to the Two Oceans Aquarium.

A total of 11 bags of litter, weighing 47.05kg was collected.

Part of the “dirty dozen” items collected were 100 lollipop sticks, 97 straws and 37 individual sweet wrappers.

The “dirty dozen” are the 12 litter items that are most commonly found on beaches. These are: carriers bags, chip packets, cigarette lighters, cooldrink bottles, cooldrink lids, earbuds, fishing line, lightsticks, plastic lollipop sticks, straws, sweet wrappers and water bottles

The Beach Co-Op regularly hosts events and clean-ups around the city.

V For more information follow them on social media @thebeachcoop or visit Or for the 9Miles Project, visit or email


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