On July 27, the Trash Bash cleanup will be taking place at Mouille Point Beach.
Apart from being good for the environment, cleanups have also proven to be good for us humans. Anyone who’s spent a morning with the Two Oceans Aquarium on a beach to pick up plastic pollution knows that it’s actually a chance to have a ball; to spend time with friends and family, to breathe in some fresh air and feel the sand between their toes, and to leave a slightly better, slightly more informed person.
Plastic Free July is a time for everyone to reflect on their relationship with disposable and single-use plastic items – how much do you use, what impact does it have on the environment and what can you do to reduce or eliminate these items from your life? Mouille Point Beach is close to the Cape Town CBD and sees much of the day-to-day plastic litter we generate washing up on its shore.
The Dirty Dozen are the 12 litter items that are most commonly found on our beaches. These are: Carrier bags, chip packets, cigarette lighters, cooldrink bottles, cooldrink lids, earbuds, fishing line, lightsticks, plastic lollipop sticks, straws, sweet wrappers and water bottles.
Attendees work together in groups and record everything collected, paying specific attention to the Dirty Dozen items. At the end of each cleanup, the data is collated and contributes to research tracking the different sources of marine litter.
In the past, the Two Oceans Aquarium has always supported International Coastal Cleanup Day, taking place in September each year. Trash Bash is a campaign by the Two Oceans Aquarium and The Beach Co-op, expanding on their previous beach cleanup commitments. With your support, they hope to grow attendance of these cleanups and to entrench them as part of Cape Town’s culture.
Use this chance to clean up this beautiful beach together with others who care.
* Time: 9am to 11am
Location: Mouille Point Beach, Mouille Point, Cape Town (Park at the Green Point lighthouse, beach parking lot or on Beach Road and look for the blue Two Oceans Aquarium banners)
What to bring: Sunblock, a hat, water (in a reusable bottle), and reusable gloves (like the ones you’d use for gardening or doing dishes).