Kleinberg learners clean Soetwater

2019-09-24 06:01
Kleinberg Primary School collected 40 bags of litter from Soetwater beach.

Kleinberg Primary School collected 40 bags of litter from Soetwater beach.

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On Friday 20 September, the Soetwater Environmental Education Centre invited 60 learners from Kleinberg Primary School to take part in the International Coastal Clean-up which is held annually on 21 September.

The clean-up was managed by Lappies Labuschagne, Martin Odd, Fuaad Jacobs and Abdul George.

“The learners had loads of fun while caring for the environment along the Soetwater coastline. As they moved along they were introduced to the birds in the area and given a bird talk as well,” said Sharon van Sittert from the centre.

The learners managed to fill 40 yellow bags with rubbish, by working in teams of three.

They recovered a multitude of waste objects that will not end up adding to the pollution problem facing the ocean. Van Sittert said: “It was all sorts of rubbish, ranging from plastic bottles, shoes, loads of fishing line and even rope. A lot of the rubbish was washed ashore from the sea.”

Everything that was collected from the shoreline was recorded on data sheets which will be tallied up and forwarded to the international database.

After the clean-up, the learners ended up at Soetwater Environmental Education Centre where Labuschagne showed them a short slideshow about litter and its effects on the animals, and the environment.

This was followed by a well-deserved lunch for the hard-working learners.

The clean-up was made possible by sponsorship from The Plastics Federation of South Africa and Kelpak.

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