Local businesses clean-up Bonza Bay beach
Willard Batteries in conjunction with Eastern Cape Rising Sun hosted a two-hour beach clean-up at Bonza Bay on Saturday to highlight the threat that plastic poses to our oceans and beaches by encouraging the recycling of plastic.
Over 100 people collected 174,7kgs of rubbish in the short space of time. Some of the rubbish collected included cooldrink and water bottles, carrier bags, chip packets, sweet wrappers, straws, earbuds, lollypop sticks, cigarette lighters, fishing line and light sticks.
Co-sponsor, The Eastern Cape Rising Sun Pty Ltds Managing Director, Nishal Rampersadh said, “Plastic bottles and bags can take hundreds of years to decompose. This should scare us because when you take a stroll along any beach, you will find litter strewn around. Our oceans are full of trash, which is a risk to marine life, fishery losses, our health and a deterrent effect on tourists to our beautiful coastline in EC. We enjoy our coastal city; it is therefore also our responsibility to protect it and help where we can. We cannot always trust or rely on those responsible.” He concluded, "Another serious issue is the hyacinth (an alien plant) and the sewage spills that is ruining the Nahoon River. The relevant authorities must work faster to fix this."
Event organiser, Tracy De Koning of Willard Batteries wishes to extend a special thank you to the PinkFairy, the King William’s Town Scouts, the Nahoon Nippers, Ilse Kemp, Stirling ECO-Club and The Eastern Cape Rising Sun.
"It was a very successful day, the word is out there now, let's all keep cleaning our beaches even in our personal capacities," concluded De Koning.