Photo Credit: Clean Up & Recycle Week / Facebook

South Africans came out in full force (while social distancing) to clean up the beaches, rivers and natural spaces currently clogged by litter.


South Africa (22 September 2020) – Each year, the local plastics industry welcomes the arrival of Spring and warmer weather by encouraging citizens to help make a difference where they live, work, learn or play by participating in Clean-Up & Recycle SA Week – an annual public awareness week during which plastics and other litter are removed from our country’s neighbourhoods, rivers, streams, beaches and oceans.

Plastic | SA shared a beautiful thought about the importance of recycling.

Nature looks after us, and it is up to each of us to look after nature in return. During the first weeks of the pandemic, we saw first-hand how quickly the environment healed and restored itself when careless human behaviour was removed from the equation. It is time we realise that every piece of trash that falls from somebody’s hand, eventually finds its way into a stream or river and is then carried into our oceans. The issue of plastics in the environment is a human behaviour problem, and the solution therefore also lies with changing human behaviour. Even the smallest act by one individual can end up making a huge difference!

The recycle week took place last week and was well attended by South Africans across the country. You name a town and they did a clean up. From inland South Africa to every coastal town.

Take a look at a collection of images from around the country by Clean Up & Recycle Week.

Clean-ups conducted in Matzikama Municipal area. 356 recycling bags were collected during the 2 days.
100 volunteers throughout the day collected 400 bags of waste which is estimated to be 6000kg removed from the Hennops River

Sources: PlasticsSA / Facebook
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