It’s March, and that means it’s National Water Week. The summer rains of 2020/2021 have once again highlighted the plight of most of South Africa’s rivers and estuaries.
National Water Week – 15 to 22 March – is an environmental celebration that Plastics SA and our partners support and promote as part of our annual Clean-up and Recycle SA campaign. Plastics|SA donated almost 15 000 bags to organisations in Mpumalanga and Gauteng, for cleanups during Water Week. The coastal regions used bags donated to them for Cleanup and Recycle Week 2020.
This year we acknowledge the eco-warriors whose unwavering commitment to protecting our rivers and waterways sets an example and makes a huge difference to our environment at the same time, creating awareness each step of the way.
The Caroline Reid Award, which was launched by Plastics SA in 2019, aims to recognise and reward excellence in South Africa by an individual or group in the field of marine and coastal clean-ups. Caroline Reid was an ocean conservation warrior who sadly passed away in 2018. Caroline coordinated hundreds of beach and diving clean-ups and was central to the work done in the Durban harbour in 2017 when nurdles leaked out of containers that had fallen from a ship during a storm. She worked tirelessly to increase the awareness of plastics pollution on the KwaZulu-Natal Coastline.
Groups of eco-warriors just like Caroline, were identified during March, cleaning up litter on busy roads where gutters lead to nearby waterways; wading knee-deep in rivers removing trapped litter and creating awareness everywhere possible, of the urgent need to save our environment from this scourge. They have all received the Caroline Reid Award in appreciation of their dedicated efforts.
These amazing groups are:
- Hennops Revival
- Help Up
- Cetric Foundation
- Clean C
- Helderberg Ocean Awareness Movement
- Dyer Island Conservation Trust
- Grootbrakriver Conservancy
- Natures Valley Trust
- Kromme Enviro Trust
- Friends of the Liesbeeck
- Mpumalanga – Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affair
Diarise these dates:
13 – 18 September: Cleanup and Recycle Week
17 September: Recycling Day
18 September: International Coastal Cleanup Day
Please contact John.Kieser@plasticssa.co.za should you require support for your cleanups. Every bag of litter removed from the environment makes a difference!