Clean-up and recycling week 2017

Did you know approximately 75% of ocean litter comes from land based waste? According to the National Waste Information Baseline study, the Western Cape accounted for an estimated 20% (21.6 million tonnes) of the waste generated in South Africa in 2011, of which 55% (11.8 million tonnes) was general waste.

Although the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has identified that waste data varies greatly, this is significantly higher than the 2016 estimates of 4 million tonnes municipal solid waste in 2015. 

As shocking as these statistics are, you can help make a difference by recycling unwanted items at home, school and at work and buy products made with recycled materials. By being environmentally conscious, we can build a sustainable future for many generations to come.

Creating a clean and sustainable future  Young boy recycling

Single-use plastic waste, such as food containers or cold drink bottles, is our biggest challenge. Most plastics can be collected and recycled. Recycling is one of the best ways for us positively impact the environment. Learning how to curb our wasteful habits and stop littering makes a huge difference in creating a cleaner and healthier environment for all.

If you’d like to learn more about recycling and what items can and can’t be recycled, have a look at this quick and easy list Wasteplan has put together.

Clean-up and Recycle SA Week

Clean-up and Recycle SA Week is an annual initiative by the local plastics industry, supported by the various packaging streams and retailers. Each year, close to 120 000 volunteers participate in these clean-up activities that take place along roadsides, rivers, schools, residential and illegal dumping areas.

If you have unwanted recyclable material in and around your home, school or workplace consider dropping them off at any one of these drop-off sites in the Western Cape or contact your local municipality to find out more about waste collection in your area.

International Coastal Clean-Up Day: Harnessing the power of people to fight ocean litter Beach clean-up 2017

One of the highlights of the SA Clean-up and Recycle week, is our participation in the International Coastal Clean-up Day. Known as the world’s biggest annual volunteer effort for ocean health, it sees thousands of people flock to beaches to pick up and remove litter found in the marine environment.

To find out how you can get involved in making our beaches clean, visit:

  • Cape Town Beach Clean-up, an initiative that gets volunteers together every first Saturday of the month to clean up our beaches, or
  • Join the Two Oceans Aquarium on 16 September at Milnerton Lighthouse, Woodbridge Island, Milnerton for a beach clean-up.

You can make a difference

This year Plastics|SA is running a nationwide competition for schools between August and October 2017 entitled “Let's do it … Let’s Clean-Up South Africa!”

The aim of this competition is to educate and encourage schools, communities, businesses and organisations to clean up their immediate surroundings.

By initiating a clean-up or recycling activity, writing a short report about it and sending in the photographs and information of what the schools, communities, businesses and organisations have managed to accomplish, they stand a chance to win exciting prizes. 

To find out how you can get involved simply complete this entry form or visit Clean-up SA for more information.

For a more detailed look into the country and the Western Cape’s waste management landscape, read the full 2017 Green Cape Waste Economy Market Intelligence Report.

The content on this page was last updated on 15 September 2017