Beach litter: 48,397 bags

Article By: Sapa Wed, 07 Jan 2009 14:28

At least 48,397 bags of litter were collected during a massive clean-up campaign run over the festive season at 24 beaches across the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Alison Kelly, South Africa’s Blue Flag Program Manager, said the clean-up benefited tourism and the coastal environment as holidaymakers enjoyed clean beaches.

During the campaign, marine expert Mark Addison said plastic bags discarded in a coastal environment were believed to be responsible for killing over 200 species of marine life.

He described the initiative as a “necessary and valuable start in the war against litter”.

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