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World Cleanup Day








September 15, 2018




Plastics|SA is proud to be partnering with Let’s Do It! Africa in the first ever
World Cleanup Day that will be taking place on
Saturday, 15 September 2018, by providing resources
towards the biggest,
global cleanup event that the world has ever witnessed. 
On this day, more than 150 countries around the world will be
mobilized to pick up litter. 
World Cleanup Day will start in
New Zealand when the sun rises, and moving around the globe
with the time zones until it sets, end in Hawaii 36 hours later. 

South Africa is proud to be one of the 60 countries from the African continent
who will be participating in this year’s event!


It is estimated that each year, 8 million tonnes of litter end up in the environment - causing a serious threat to people, wildlife, soil, water and air. The World Cleanup Day is a call to action for the public, decision makers and all citizens alike, to take real action in solving the waste problem. 

For the past 22 years, Plastics|SA has been partnering with Ocean Conservancy by coordinating South Africa’s involvement in the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.  This annual event takes place on the third Saturday in September and sees thousands of volunteers each year collecting and removing litter from our waterways as part of Cleanup & Recycle SA week. This year, the week will take place from 10-15 September 2018 - culminating in the first World Cleanup Day on Saturday, 15 September 2018.

“This is the biggest positive civic action the world has seen, and we are fortunate to be part of this global movement that hopes to inspire change in human behaviour,” says Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director of Plastics|SA.


“We have managed to get other packaging streams and retailers to support our efforts and recycling initiatives, such as our beach clean-ups, Operation Clean Sweep, sponsoring litter booms and the Aqua Amazing schools’ education programme. Last year alone, we donated 350 000 yellow refuse bags that were used for clean-ups around the country and assisted coordinators with audited clean-ups..."

Douw Steyn
Sustainability Director: Plastics|SA


Launching World Cleanup Day in South Africa



South Africa’s participation in the World Cleanup Day was launched at a beach cleanup that took place at Milnerton’s Woodbridge Island in Cape Town last week. Attending the event was Erik Solheim, United Nations Environment Executive Director, who joined Clean C, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Let’s Do It Africa team, Plastics|SA and other organisations.  Solheim said it was very encouraging to see the enthusiasm and the efforts by locals to protect the ocean and keep the beaches clean.


“South Africa is doing great and it is fantastic to see so many
people being mobilized. Your country has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and has a very long coastline. However, more needs to be done.  We see the problem of litter on the beaches and marine environment all over the world. The good news is humans created this problem,  but we can definitely solve it too. 
We need to clean the beaches and keep them beautiful, but we also need to stop the garbage coming from the source..."


Erik Solheim
UN Environment Executive Director



Photograph left: Douw Steyn (Sustainability Director: Plastics|SA) and Erik Solheim (UN Environment Executive Director) attending the beach clean-up held at Woodbridge Island last week to officially launch the World Cleanup Day.


For more information, visit
or www.letsdoitworld.org



Photo credits: Gregory Player (Clean C)


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