Cleanup & Recycle SA Week

Approximately 80% of ocean litter is derived from land based waste. Without effective waste collection, an avalanche of debris will enter the ocean. To prevent this, Plastics|SA is not only encouraging South Africans of all ages, races and backgrounds to participate in this year’s Cleanup and Recycle SA week activities and World Cleanup Day,
but also to be responsible in their daily activities by ensuring their recyclables are collected for recycling as we all continue to work towards a common goal: creating a cleaner world.

Background to Cleanup & Recycle SA Week

For the past 22 years, Plastics|SA has been partnering with Ocean Conservancy by coordinating South Africa’s involvement in the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.
This annual event takes place on the third Saturday in September and sees thousands of volunteers each year collecting and removing litter from our waterways as part of Cleanup & Recycle SA week.
The annual Cleanup & Recycle SA Week will be taking place around the country next week (10-15 September 2018), culminating in the first ever World Cleanup Day on Saturday, 15 September 2018.

“This is the biggest positive civic action the world has seen,
and we are fortunate to be part of this global movement
that hopes to inspire change in human behaviour…” 
Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director: Plastics|SA

Plastics|SA’s commitment to reducing packaging waste
Packaging waste continues to be one of the biggest culprits when it comes to pollution of our water sources and marine environment. However, as one of the first signatories of the Marine Debris Declaration, whereby 74 plastics associations from around the world have committed themselves to fight marine litter in 2011, Plastics|SA actively supports projects in six key areas aimed at contributing to sustainable solutions, namely education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery, and plastic pellet containment.
“We have managed to get other packaging streams and retailers to support our efforts and recycling initiatives, such as our beach clean-ups, Operation Clean Sweep, sponsoring litter booms and the Aqua Amazing schools’ education programme. Last year alone, we donated 350 000 yellow refuse bags that were used for clean-ups around the country and assisted coordinators with audited clean-ups,” Douw says.

World Cleanup Day 2018

Plastics|SA is proud to be partnering with Let’s Do It! Africa in the first ever World Cleanup Day that will be taking place on Saturday, 15 September 2018, by providing resources towards the biggest, global cleanup event that the world has ever witnessed.

On this day, more than 150 countries around the world will be mobilized to pick up litter.  World Cleanup Day will start in New Zealand when the sun rises, and moving around the globe with the time zones until it sets, end in Hawaii 36 hours later. South Africa is proud to be one of the 60 countries from the African continent who will be participating in this year’s event!

Interested in participating? 

Cape Town:

  • Woodbridge Island, Milnerton
  • Hout Bay Main Beach

  • uShaka Marine World
  • Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve







Find out more:
Should you be interested in interviewing a spokesperson for the event, please contact Monique Holtzhausen at Aim Marketing & Communications Consultants via email ( or cell (071) 083-5219 to set up an interview with one of the following:
  • John Kieser – Sustainability Manager at Plastics|SA and coordinator of the annual International Coastal Cleanup
  • Silindile Mncube – South Africa’s Team Leader for the Let’s Do It! Campaign
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