THE month of September marked National Clean-up Month, in which Clean Surf Project together with Sapphire Coast Tourism and various others commemorated International Coastal Clean-Up Day.
Approximately 500 bags of rubbish were collected over seven stations on this day (Umbogintwini Beach: 327; Amanzimtoti Promenade, Rivermouth and Chain Rocks: 65; Warner Beach/Baggies Beach: 25; Winklespruit Beach: 23; and Ilanda Wilds/Hutchison Park: 60).
Both organisations would like to thank all volunteers, NPOs, businesses and municipal departments that assisted in making International Coastal Clean-Up Day a great success.
Apart from picking up rubbish, volunteers were urged to sign data sheets to assist with the organising and analysing of data accordingly, to identify as to what type of rubbish is the most common and most unusual being found along our coastline.
Plenty of cigarette butts, polystyrene containers and pieces, bottle tops, earbuds, sucker sticks, straws, plastic, glass bottles, fishing line and shoes were high on the list.
Unusual items collected as per volunteers that participated: Door mat, electrical appliances, dead chickens and condoms.
The organisations thanked the Amanzimtoti Country Club for offering secure parking to all participants over and above making the venue available to each and every one that joined this worthy initiative.
Durban South Toyota went as far as branding one of the company cars — in line with September being clean up month.
The bakkie was also used to remove rubbish bags off the beach, to assist DSW and Beach Management.
Plenty fun was being had with beautiful weather conditions, a great morning all in all with loads and loads of rubbish being removed.
However, the public is urged to participate in upcoming clean-ups, as there is still plenty of work to do a little bit here and there each and every day goes a long way.
One of the upcoming clean-up campaigns will take place on October 13 at Amanzimtoti Lagoon to Chain Rocks, from 8 am to 10 am.
Anyone that’s interested in joining and/or assisting in upcoming clean-up campaigns can contact Clean Surf Project on 082 802 3353 or
email@example.com to get further information.