Passion in Action
On a more practical note, Plastics|SA supports projects such as the KZN South Coast River Catchment Project to prevent plastic from reaching the ocean. “Most plastic reaches the ocean via the rivers. By working together with local communities, NGOs, government and companies, we create a network that collects and recycles the plastic. Through education, plastics collection and clean-ups, we empower local communities and informal waste collectors, and connect them to companies who can recycle the collected materials, for example into paving tiles. Litter booms at selected rivers also trap the floating litter and prevents it from washing down into the sea.”
Steyn has a personal passion for the oceans: “I have been organising litter campaigns and beach clean-ups for more than 30 years now. When I joined Plastics|SA, we launched Clean-up and Recycle South Africa. This initiative supports hundreds of clean-ups nationwide. My dream is that one day we won’t need to arrange clean-ups because there isn’t anything to clean up!”
“Our aspiration is to ensure that zero plastic waste reaches the environment. However, I’m not sure if we will ever get to a #ZeroWaste world. Where there are humans there is consumption and waste.
It’s all about what we do with that waste. Even waste materials have value – we must use that value to create new products – a true circular economy.”
Courtesy of LetsdoitSouthAfrica