Plastics|SA’s clean-up crews collected more than 39 000 kg’s of waste along the routes used by the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon participants in Cape Town. Douw Steyn, the director of sustainability at Plastics|SA says a majority of the waste collected after annual events such as the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon comprises plastic. Plastic has a high recycling value.
‘We work hard to ensure that this packaging is kept out of the environment and off the streets by employing a clean-up crew of cleaners from Masiphumelele, Ocean View and many of the members of these clean-up crews have been working with us for the past 10 years on race days and are trained to quickly and effectively sweep the
Steyn adds that it was clear from this year’s event that athletes and spectators had a heightened awareness of the importance of not littering. They were conscious about keeping their environmental footprint as small as possible.
‘The organisers of this year’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon did an excellent job with their #GOGREEN campaign launched prior to the race. This anti-littering movement which, coupled with our waste management plan, offered a sustainable way to collect and process the non-organic waste which was generated during race week,’ says Steyn.
Waste from the event will be recycled and transformed into about 500 green desks. This will be distributed to underprivileged schools in and around Cape Town. The transformation of waste into green desks is owing to a partnership between the Wildlands Trust and the Polyolefin Recycling Company.