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Thousands of plastic bottles on Milnerton beach cleaned up by citizens of CT and Helen Zille[pics]
Posted by on Jul 18th, 2012

So i went for a walk on Milnerton beach a couple of days ago and was rather shocked to see the area near the lighthouse and Woodbridge Island completely littered with thousands of plastic bottles, shoes and other man made waste. Snapped this pic and posted to to Twitter.

And this was only a small section.

Needless to say it drew a quite a lot of comments including one from Premier of The Western Cape and leader of the DA, Helen Zille who described it as horrific and that it needed to be addressed. She followed up with this tweet.

The pic also drew the attention of 94.5 Kfm  and several locals in the area who took it upon themselves to go down to the beach and start cleaning up, in particular this chap…Greg, who went down  with his 3 month old, Eli, and six other people.

They managed to fill 50 garbage bags with 500 kgs of plastic bottles.

Outstanding effort and well worthy of a round of applause.

Trekking For Trash run by Michael Baretta and Cammy Howard also got involved and planned a clean up this morning to co-incide with Mandela Day and do their 67 minutes in honour of the great man.

I went down to the same spot on Milnerton Beach this morning to help out… as it turned out Helen Zille kept her promise and by the time i pitched up dozens of Cape Town City Council workers, a bulldozer and several waste removal trucks had already picked up 16 tons of waste from the beach.

16 tons.

Look at it now.


Spoke to one of the council chaps and besides the tons of waste they picked up, they also seperated it into bags of plastic bottles and shoes. Not exactly sure what they intend doing with all the shoes.

Well played to all involved with the clean-up and to Helen Zille for running this city like a boss.

Matt says:
July 07, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Now that is NEWS! This should be on the front page of every Cape paper tomorrow morning! Well done all who were involved.

Camilla Howard says:
July 07, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Without your support and the awareness you created that beach would still be a dump. Well done, you’re the true hero! Were walking 3000km around the coastline of SA from October ’12 – April ’13 to highlight these problems and try to treat the cause, will be sure to invite you to our big clean ups in CT! Thanks again 😉 Cam

Josef van Zyl says:
July 07, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Kudos to all involved!

Glad to see there are people that still care about our beautiful province!

July 07, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Awesome effort! We were down there this morning too and got some great pics, check them out here –

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