Volunteers in Port Elizabeth have managed to collect a total of 580 kg in waste (160 kg of recyclable waste and 420 kg of general waste) from the beachfront a couple of months ago. The area that was cleaned up stretched from Pollock Beach to Shark Rock Pier.
Isuzu Motors South Africa partnered with local conservation organisation Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) to commemorate World Oceans Day by collecting litter from this stretch of the coastline. Isuzu Motors South Africa corporate communications manager Gishma Johnson, says that they not only donated the containers in which to collect the waste, but the company also made two Isuzu bakkies available – which were quickly filled up with waste.
“It was shocking to see the types of waste that our volunteers picked up,” says Johnson. Isuzu also supplied recycling waste containers to separate collected waste at the location, and many Isuzu employees and their families partook in the effort to clean this stretch of coastline. “All the waste collected was taken to our waste facility for further sorting and recycling,” explains Johnson.
Local stakeholders pitch in to help clear waste from Port Elizabeth beaches
The Sustainable Seas Trust coordinated the event, and many other partners joined in the cleanup effort. The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) supplied bags and gloves for volunteers to use. The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) supplied the registration forms, while the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Department of Water and Sanitation added to the event’s fun and festivities by providing a sound system and mascots.
Pick n Pay donated reusable bags to collect waste, Something Good Roadhouse provided a location for stalls as well as a power outlet and Coca-Cola Beverages provided cool drinks to combat thirst on the day.
As an environmentally conscious manufacturer, Isuzu is committed to waste management programmes inside – and outside of – its production facilities. “Approximately 30 people from different recycling organisations are based at our facilities, while many others are employed at recycling companies across the city, creating furniture, plastic goods and polystyrene commodities,” says Johnson. “We regard waste as a resource that is able to create secondary and tertiary employment,” she adds.
World Oceans Day – a global initiative
World Oceans Day is coordinated and promoted by The Ocean Project. Since 2002, The Ocean Project has worked with organisations and networks from all sectors to increase global awareness of World Oceans Day. The Ocean Project continues to grow engagement and action for safeguarding our ocean throughout the year.
World Oceans Day enables us to:
- Change perspective. It encourages people to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer everyone, with hopes of conserving it for generations to come.
- Learn. It aids in the discovery of the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean life and their habitats. Also, how our daily actions impact them, and how we are all interconnected.
- Change our behaviour. All people are linked to – and through – the ocean. Changing your everyday behaviour will make a difference. Involving family, friends and community will benefit our oceans and planet even more.
- Celebrate. Regardless of where you live, inland or coastal, we’re all connected to the ocean. Think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean. Then organise or take part in activities celebrating our ocean.
A thriving and healthy world ocean is critical to humankind’s survival. World Oceans Day provides a unique annual opportunity to help protect, honour and conserve our world’s shared ocean. It is celebrated globally every year with cleanup events hosted by a network of partners and organisations around the world.
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