International Coastal Clean-up Day also known as World Clean-up day is an annual event held on the 3rd Saturday in September. The main aim is to raise awareness about the environmental challenges of waste and pollution in the marine environment. It is a global event that mobilises ordinary citizens to organise and promote local clean-up campaigns on beaches, coastal areas, rivers, and other green spaces.
To heed the call for action, this year, again in true Safripol style, our Everyday EnvironmentalHero’s, stepped up and came out in numbers to Take Action Against Pollution.
A total of 251 volunteers equipped with litter pickers, gloves, and plastic bags participated across two clean-up events organized by Safripol, i.e. along the Blue lagoon in KwaZulu Natal, and at the Sasolburg Stadium and adjacent roads in Sasolburg. Safripol also partnered with a number of like-minded stakeholders for both events which included Green Corridors; Reproplast; KAP; PETCO; Department of Fisheries, Forestry, and the Environment (DFFE); and Durban Solid Waste.
To inspire change amongst the youth, Safripol also arranged for the Umbilo Secondary School in Jacobs as well as Cedar High School in Sasolburg to join the activities, where in total 35 energized and aspiring kids participated and learnt about the importance of being active custodians of our environment. They also learnt about the importance of using plastic responsibly and reducing, reusing and recycling waste at end of life.