Coast KZN

12 Sep 2017

You can help turn the tide on trash

Vee Ramsayi (South Coast Herald) Picture: Sirkia Erwee is proud to be involved in the clean-up.

Coca-Cola is working to eliminate ocean rubbish.

TRASH is one of the most widespread pollution problems facing our ocean and waterways. The glut of items polluting our seas is killing our wildlife and impacts on human health. Working with Ocean Conservancy, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) put on their plastic gloves and tackled pollution at Margate beach last Friday.

The company will be doing the same on beaches in Durban, Richards Bay, East London, Port Elizabeth and George.

The clean-up inspires global action to remove trash and debris from waterways and, in the process, helps to change the behaviours that allowed these items to reach the water in the first place.

Kumarson Reddy bags the rubbish along the rocky foreshore.

 With a commitment to drive action and foster innovation, Coca-Cola is working to eliminate ocean trash. Andries Welgemoed (Coca-Cola sales manager) said that the company is committed to an aspiration of zero waste.

Ready to clean Margate beach are (back, from left) Mandla Tyekela, Trevor Perumal, Andries Wegemoed and Godfrey Ndabeni with Petro Malherbe, Michaela Beukes and Madrie Bergh in front.

 “We believe that by recovering more packaging, less will be discarded as litter, which in turn will help reduce the likelihood of discarded packaging ending up in streams, rivers and oceans,” explained Mr Welgemoed.


Candy Mzantsi (left) and Vanessa Gounder fill up their bags.

All the recyclable material from this collection will be donated to a recycling buy-back centre.