Skateboarders clean up for 67 minutes

Diep River skateboarders proud of their Mandela Day contribution.

in the open spaces, under bushes and along the
roads in the Diep River lower station area for 67
minutes on Mandela Day.
In this section alone, spanning only about
200m², they filled 23 refuse bags with litter. 

The youths also cleared building rubble
dumped in the area just a few days prior to
Mandela Day. 
The skateboarders were responding to a
call to action by the Westlake-based Cape Town
Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) that
challenged individuals to do clean-ups in their
neighbourhoods, along rivers, at beaches, or any
area of choice. 
In response, photos streamed in on social
media, tagging the organisation and bearing the
hashtag #67withCTEET. 
Members of the organisation’s conservation leadership programme held clean-ups at
Parkwood Community Garden, the Cape Flats
Development Association, Strandfontein Beach,
Strandfontein Pavilion, Bayview open field and
Sunrise Beach, with each participant collecting
at least two full refuse bags. 
CTEET said plastics such as chip packets and
bottle tops seemed to be most prevalent in all
clean-ups, as well as tins, foil and polystyrene
food containers. 
Disposable baby nappies were
also high on the list. 
“We need to urgently address these issues
to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution and
solid waste on our ecosystems, both on land and
at sea,” said CTEET spokeswoman Jacki Sands. 
“We urge Cape Town residents to be more
mindful and vigilant when disposing waste,
picking up litter when spotted, and to be open
to participate in future community clean-ups.” 
The conservation leadership programme
helps prepare school pupils for a career in the
green economy. Email for
more information.