Members of Unite against Litter held a litter clean-up of Sandy Point Harbour, St Helena Bay on Saturday 2 October.
The harbour is very busy at the moment and unfortunately a lot of rubbish, including fishing line, is left lying around in the harbour area, explains Anne Todd.
She and other members of Unite against Litter thought it is a good time for a spring clean of the harbour.
Community member Raymond Brutus brought youths from Laingville to assist in the clean-up.
“The harbour was in a dreadful state, with beer and cold drink bottles, coffee cups, litter, stompies, fishing line and even containers of old oil left lying around,” she said.
“It’s an ongoing problem and not only during busy periods.”
Participants were armed with their own gloves and wore a mask and maintain social distancing throughout the clean up.
Each volunteer received a black bag for rubbish and a clear bag for items that could be recycled – for example, all manner of plastic, glass bottles, cans, cartons, cardboard, and so on.
In total 62 bags of litter were collected from the entrance, parking area and slipway of the harbour in one and a half hours.
In line with Saldanha Bay Municipality’s (SBM) waste management practices, the team separated the litter into what could be rubbish and recycled waste.
For this purpose the municipality provided black bags and Wastegro clear bags.
Todd said half of all the rubbish picked up was recyclable.
On completion of the clean up the bags were collected from the harbour by SBM and Wastegro.
During the weekend clean-up the Unite against Litter’s team managed to achieve a milestone and filled their 1 000th bag with litter since clean ups started in 2019.
To mark the event, the 1 000th bag was tied with a ribbon.
This was the 11th litter clean up in St Helena Bay by Unite against Litter members this year alone.
Bag collection points for the public in town is the open area on the left at the entrance to the harbour, and the main harbour parking area.
Todd thanks all participants who came out on the day for their huge effort.