PLASTIC, plastic everywhere - our rivers, beaches, pavements, verges, everywhere we look. The photo of Mbokodweni (Umbogintwini) River after the recent rains says it all. We need to do something to get this plastic back to the recyclers as it is wreaking havoc with the environment. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, in 2006 every square mile of ocean contained 46 000 pieces of floating plastic.
Plan for the year.
Put all your plastic, polystyrene, paper, and cardboard into the orange bags supplied by the municipality. If you have a problem getting these bags, phone DSW on
031 311 8818 or DSW Education and Waste Minimisation on 031 303 1665 for some action. Take glass and cans to the man running an informal recycling depot near the Toti Taxi Rank, or put glass and newspapers into the domes situated at various places along the roads. The municipality will shortly be supplying clear bags for glass and cans.
If you are planning a trip to the beach take two black bags, collect all you trash and put it in the bins. Better still, take your recyclables home and put them into your recycling for collection. While at the beach you could pick up the rubbish that is lying around. If people near you are littering, talk to them and give them your second black bag to get them on the clean-environment trail.
Join Coastal Clean-up Day 2016 on 17 September. This is a massive programme and in 2015 more than 600 citizens collected in excess of 600 bags of trash. This is a great idea for schools, clubs and individuals, so get planning now. There have been some wonderful “good news stories” in our area and we hope to share them soon.
Participants in fun runs, marathons, road races, beach runs etc., have to be encouraged to stop throwing their sachets and cups all over the course. The organisers and sponsors need to take responsibility for the clean-up and recent changes to municipal by-laws will be enforced.
Phone eThekweni Solid Waste Toti on 031 903 6739 and Winkle, Warner, Illovo on 031 322 2002 or DSW help line on 031 311 8804 to report problem areas and/or incidents. Stay on the case until the problems have been solved, having a good moan in the local paper is not going to get you anywhere. Council has the means and a responsibility to clean up the rubbish in public areas.
Any further information contact Toti Conservancy on 074 951 4267.
- Angus Pyke – Toti Conservancy.