International Coastal Clean-up

Whale Coast Conservation

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 18/09/2015
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location
Marine Hotel

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Whale Coast Conservation and friends joined the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean by participating in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).

Three schools in Gansbaai (Primêr, Laerskool and Academia) cleaned their school grounds while the two schools in Stanford (Okkie Smuts and Die Bron) cleaned the Willem Appel Dam surrounds with WCC staff, community volunteers and municipal staff.

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In Hermanus the focus was on the CBD waterfront. Five teams of 5 volunteers from Waldorf School, Overstrand Municipality, Windsor Hotel, Hermanus Tourism, community members and WCC staff collected litter for 45 minutes in 5 different locations. The litter was then brought to a common area, sorted, counted and recorded.

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Even the Hermanus Whale Crier pitched in to help. And what did we collect in 45 minutes?
Total weight of trash: 17.5 kg
Cigarette Butts collected: 3 494
It is concerning that this amount of litter, especially cigarette butts, was found in an area that is regularly cleaned by the municipal cleaners. How serious are we about our littering habits and our “Greenest Town” status?