According to Avashnee Chetty, Sustainability Manager at Safripol, materials such as plastics have exceptional value as a resource and should never be discarded in the environment as waste. She said at end of use, plastics should be recycled to make new products and should be kept in the materials loop, thereby supporting the circular economy, while reducing our environmental impact.
Siphiwe Rakgabale, Litter Booms and Cleanups Coordinator at Green Corridors, said the following “We truly appreciate the collaborative ways in which SAFRIPOL and PETCO are engaging with organisations such as ours to make a change through activities such as beach clean-up’s. It’s an incredible feat that 658 kg of waste was collected in 2 hours, but also a sad indictment of society’s attitude towards waste management and the environment.” He further said that going into the next decade, collaboration will be key to success if we are to make any impact on the education of our society and its change in mind-set around the use, collection and repurposing of plastic waste material, so that our environment is not adversely affected.
Anton Booysen, Operation Exceutive at Safripol highligted that education campaigns such as Safripol’s Lets Plastic Responsibly are very important in creating awareness about the value of plastics. He also thanked everyone for participating in the clean-up which he called a self-fulfilling act.