While you may enjoy taking part in cycle races or marathons, or are a dedicated support team for your friends and family, spare a thought for the rubbish and the environment in the wake of these big events.
Thankfully, Plastics|SA will be co-ordinating enormous clean-up crews to work around the clock to keep the routes and surrounding areas used for the 40th Cape Town Cycle Tour, on Sunday 11 March, and the 49th Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM), on Saturday 31 March, clean and litter free. Incredibly, this is the 11th consecutive year that they’ve been doing it!
Their group of more than 200 cleaners who have been employed from various townships in and around Cape Town – including Joe Slovo, Kayamandi, Masiphumelele, Ocean View and Khayelitsha – will once again demonstrate what can be achieved through unity, teamwork and collaboration when they sweep the routes of all the water and energy drink sachets used by the athletes, and litter left behind by spectators, with as little disruption to the events or the traffic.
The Plastics|SA Clean-Up Crew are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the routes and surrounding areas for two of Cape Town’s biggest spectator events are kept clean and litter-free.
The majority of the waste collected is always plastic waste with high recycling value, and several truckloads of it are collected and recycled annually at these events. Food waste is sent to Noordhoek for composting, while all non-organic event waste collected during the OMTOM is recycled and upcycled into unique school desks for under-resourced schools as part of the event’s #GoGreen campaign.
What’s important for members of the public to take note of and use wherever possible are the PETCO-branded bins and trucks at these events. This will assist the Plastics|SA clean-up team and the plastics industry’s overall commitment to keeping plastic litter out of the environment. Keep in mind too, the City of Cape Town’s major role in boosting clean-up efforts by ensuring that the routes are cleaned prior to the race days.
In closing, Plastics|SA’s Sustainability Manager, John Kieser, alludes to the current situation in Cape Town by saying, “This year’s ongoing, severe drought has presented a harsh reality for the event organisers, stakeholders and participants. However, being the two most premier events on the province’s calendar, they play an important role in the economic growth of the city and the province, as well as provide much needed funds for the many charities that partner with and benefit from them. The plastics industry is proud to work alongside the organisers who are committed to waste management and recycling, and are doing everything in their power to ensure these iconic events take place with as little impact as possible on the municipal water supply and the environment.”
OnRoute encourages all South Africans to personally commit to clearing the environment of their waste. Keeping our country beautiful, and sparing nature and all creatures that share our world needless and untold suffering, is all of our responsibility.
For more information visit www.plasticsinfo.co.za.