Johannesburg . September is traditionally the month in which South Africans from all walks of life are encouraged to “spring clean” the environment in celebration of the arrival of spring.
This year, the annual Clean-Up and Recycle Week will be taking place from the 15th to the 20th of September, culminating in National Recycling Day on Friday, 19 September and the 29th International Coastal Clean-Up Day on Saturday, 20 September.
Explains Douw Steyn, Director: Sustainability at Plastics|SA and Chairman of the National Recycling Forum(NRF): “Plastics|SA hasbeen the coordinator of Clean-up events such as the International Coastal Clean-up Day and the National Recycling Day for almost 20 years. It originally started out as a plastics industry and KZN Wildlife drive in 1996, during which we aimed to educate the public that plastics don’t litter… people do. Since then, our awareness week has developed into an annual, countrywide event during which communities are encouraged to launch their own clean-up and recycle initiatives where they live, work or play”.
Clean Up and Recycle Week enjoys the support and involvement of the National Recycling Forum (NRF), as well as all of the players in the packaging industry (including the glass, cans, paper and board, and oil converters and recyclers) as packaging leaders unite around the common goal of creating litter-free streets, rivers and beaches through mobilizing local communities to make a difference in their own neighbourhoods. These events are also supported by Brand SA, KZN Wildlife, Tuffy Manufacturing, PicknPay, Garbie (ASTRAPAK) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
“This is one day of the year that we are making an appeal to South Africans to consciously recycle their plastics, cans, glass, paper, cartons,oil and e-waste and in order to reduce the pressure on our country’s landfills. Support the recycling industry by taking your recyclables to a recycling facility near you (visit www.mywaste.co.za) or by separating your recyclables from your wet waste for curbside collection.
“Mother Nature supplies us with the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. If our environment isn’t clean and healthy, neither are we. We therefor urge all South Africansto clean up the environment in order to give future generations a hope of a sustainable future. The local plastics industry has set itself a vision of sending Zero Plastics to Landfill by the year 2030. We need everybody’s help in reaching this target,” concludes Steyn.
For more information on clean-up initiatives, drop off sites, the competition or hints and tips on how to recycle, visit the following websites:
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