Plastics SA recently collaborated with the Clean Surf Project (CSP), the Shoprite Group, Toti Beach Management and Sapphire Coast Tourism to clean up Toti Lagoon on Saturday, 8 June. Plastics SA, together with industry partners PETCO, POLYCO, SAVA, the Polystyrene Association, Sasol and Verigreen provided plastic refuse bags and gloves to collect and remove the litter from the area.
“During this year’s event, the KZN Marine Waste Network – South Coast was launched. This group will focus on the Amanzimtoti and Umbogintwini River Catchment areas and we will focus on waste management and recycling, education and awareness programmes, litter booms and clean-up campaigns in these areas.
Uniting efforts to find sustainable solutions
“The plastics industry globally and locally is committed to finding solutions to end plastic pollution found in our oceans, rivers and other water sources. We have made impressive strides towards reaching this goal with the forming of the South African Initiative to End Plastic Pollution in the Environment earlier this year. Whilst our first priority is tackling the problematic “single use plastics” by developing solutions and applications that will find sustainable alternatives, we are also focusing our efforts on increasing plastic recycling rates and making more products available that contain a percentage of recycled plastics.
“The Shoprite Group has a zero waste-to-landfill approach and is committed to reducing waste across its operations, including changing consumer behaviour. Additionally, we are regularly involved in community clean-ups at which we highlight the value of recyclable waste. This Plastics SA event is yet another opportunity to show that we care for the communities we serve by protecting the environment,” said Lunga Schoeman, CSI spokesperson for the Shoprite Group.
Kruben Pillay, Senior Manager, Plastics Sustainability at Sasol had this to say: “We were delighted to partner with Plastics SA during World Ocean Day to clean up Amanzimtoti Lagoon and to launch the KZN Marine Waste Network – South Coast. Sasol agrees that plastic waste in the environment is unacceptable and believes that all participants in the plastics value chain have a role to play in finding sustainable solutions. Sasol is committed to making a difference around plastic waste leakage and will be an active participant in the South Coast River Catchment Project. The project touches on the key elements required to successfully mitigate waste leakage – including infrastructure development, innovation, education, clean-up campaigns and social investment.”
This is a global problem and needs a global solution, the buy-in and support of industry, governments and the public alike. There is no time to waste and we need to treat every day as a World Oceans Day. Together we can turn the tide on plastics in the oceans!