Municipality, Big Business and Community stand together to clean up the environment and get plastic waste out of the sea and back into the value chain.
Minster of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, the Honourable Mrs Creecy will launch the use of a Beach Rake and the Inkwazi Isu on 19 September at Toti Main Beach
Everyday plastic is used by all of us and then discarded instead of being reused, repurposed and recycled. Our throw away mindset needs to be reordered and a value chain re-established so that our beaches can be full of clean sand and our rivers free of floating bottles.
Inkwazi Isu (Fisheagle Project) is the brainchild of a group of collaborators from Industry and Civil society who engaged with the eThekwini Municipality and put together a project to address education, infrastructure development and an Innovation Hub, to develop new ideas for entrepreneurs, to highlight plastic pollution on the KZN South Coast
In response to the worldwide call for a solution to the plastic pollution problem, many have taken to protests to request for a change to the industry. Here in Amanzimtoti, the stakeholders have all come together to design and implement a comprehensive difference in the way plastic waste is managed. After the last flash floods that covered the beaches with tonnes of plastic, local NGO Clean Surf Project decided that more had to be done than simply picking up after the problem. Two immediate interventions were required and the Inkwazi Isu was born. The KZN Marine Waste Network South Coast was formed and industry leaders including Coca Cola Beverages South Africa, SASOL, PETCO, Polyco, Polystyrene Association of SA, Plastics SA and local community leaders got together to address the situation. Coca Cola Beverages South Africa sponsored a Beach Rake with a Unimog, a multi purpose vehicle, which will be operated by Clean Surf Project and remove the smaller particles of plastic that cannot be picked up by hand, and therefore improve the quality of our beaches. SASOL funded a Baseline Study to quantify the problems and draw up a project to address the issues around, and education, collection at source, recycling, and river clean-ups. Working closely with the Municipality, Industry and Civil Society, a support mechanism has been established to empower local informal recyclers, local businesses and NGO’s to overcome the current practices of treating used plastic as a worthless product and enabling the potential of its recycling value to be reached. By identifying and facilitating strategic partnerships and facilitating shifts in the collection and processing of recyclable plastic, KZN Marine Waste Network South Coast through the Inkwazi Isu hopes to provide improved environmental education and training, the development of infrastructure to supply Buy Back Centres and infrastructure to assist collectors and recyclers and ultimately to develop a new locally based value chain for used plastic, which is essential for reduction, reusing and recycling.