Cleanup leads to building up local school

The 10th World Cleanup Day took place internationally last weekend.

World Cleanup Day aims to address and change the state of pollution, particularly solid waste, globally, with an increased focus on minimising the impact of solid waste on marine environments.

This year’s World Cleanup Day took place on Saturday 15 September.

“We scavenger-hunted litter on the school premises and converted it into eco-bricks (2F plastic drinks bottles filled with non-recyclable rubbish like chip packets and other plastics which are poisoning our environment). These eco-bricks we’ll make into veggie garden bed borders and other garden craft projects,” says Davina Doyle from Plantup-za.

The volunteers packed their second 1m x 2m raised bed growbag full of garden waste which included logs, branches, leaves and lawn cuttings which came from neighbours and other supporters from as far afield as Malmsbury.

Plantup-za say learners have been collecting kitchen peels from home for composting.

“This organic ‘waste’ started its conversion into compost by being layered into the 1m x 2m Plantup-za garden growbag.”

Sales of Plantup-za growbags go towards funding their #PUZAkidsGardenClub, where learners learn to grow thriving fruits and vegetables from scratch in the troublesome urban soils of the Cape Flats at their weekly agro-ecology stewardship sessions during school hours.

“We’re an asset-based community development project and dependent on the goodwill of local neighbourhood supporters.” Doyle says due to vandalism of school property they need more volunteers to join them on Monday 1 October and Tuesday 2 October to help erect a fence or donate towards installing more growbags for vegetable plots and fruit trees at their next school garden community on Saturday 20 October.

“Fence engineering is led by local garden landscaping and maintenance men Eben Hartzenberg and Karl Munro. Fencing materials are kindly made available by local ward 68 councillor Marita Petersen. The fence will double up as a small-space vertical garden plus windbreak and shade-cloth supports on school premises,” Doyle says. V Contact the school on 021 701 4293 or Plantup-za on 082 223 4956 before the term ends on Friday 28 September.

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