Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

What you need to know about Clean-up and Recycle SA Week 2020

Each year, the local plastics industry encourages citizens to help make a difference where they live, work, learn or play by participating in Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week.

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It is that time fo the year again! Yes, the local plastics industry will once again demonstrate its commitment to cleaning up the environment with the annual Clean-up and Recycle SA Week taking place from 14 to 19 September 2020.

About Clean-up and Recycle SA Week 2020:

Clean-up and Recycle SA Week is an annual initiative by the local plastics industry, supported and endorsed by the various packaging and retail streams and retailers. It is also supported by provincial governments, local municipalities, environmental organisations, businesses, schools and communities.

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An ‘eco-warrior’

“This year’s Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week is scheduled to take place from 14 to 19 September 2020, culminating in National Recycling Day on Friday, 18 September and the International Coastal Clean-Up Day/ Let’s Do It World Clean-up Day on Saturday, 19 September 2020. Unfortunately, early indications are that COVID-19 pandemic will be forcing a change in our plans to host our annual beach and community clean-ups,” Douw Steyn, Plastics SA’s Director of Sustainability told My PR.

He said that South Africa finds itself in the same uncertain situation as countries around the world owing to the fact that large public gatherings are prohibited and beaches are closed in an effort to prevent the spreading of the disease.

“The International Coastal Clean-Up Day is the world’s biggest volunteer effort for ocean health. Over the past 24 years that South Africa has been participating in this global event, we have seen tens of thousands of people give up two hours of their time to help rid our beaches of litter. This year, however, we will be supporting the global call to avoid large group gatherings and maintain social distancing in the interest of everybody’s health and safety,” Steyn said further.

Instead of flocking to beaches or gathering in groups for clean-ups, Plastics SA is spreading the message that this year, every South African should be an eco-warrior… one who wears a mask, maintains safe distancing and makes a difference in their immediate area.

Plastics SA believes it is possible to turn the tide on ocean pollution if every person becomes conscious of his or her immediate surroundings and picks up the visible litter around our homes and neighbourhoods.

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