#PlasticFreeJuly: It's time to take on the Dirty Dozen across our shores

2019-07-18 16:31 -
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The Two Ocean's Aquarium will be hosting a beach clean-up and July being Plastic Free month, the initiative is shining a light on the common offenders that regularly wash up on our shores - now known as the dirty dozen. 

This time around the beach clean-up will take place at Mouille Point due to its close proximity to the Cape Town CBD.

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  • Date: 27 July 2019
  • Time: 09h00 to 11h00
  • Location: Mouille Point Beach, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape (Park at the Green Point lighthouse, beach parking lot or on Beach Road and look for the blue Two Oceans Aquarium banners)
  • What to bring: Sunblock, a hat, water (in a reusable bottle), and reusable gloves (like the ones you’d use for gardening or doing dishes).
  • Join the Facebook event

A recent Trash Bash in Hout Bay, which was held on International Ocean Day saw over 224kg of litter collected. It consisted mostly of 12 litter items, commonly found on South African beaches.

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 So what makes up the Dirty Dozen exactly?  

  • carrier bags,
  • chip packets,
  • cigarette lighters,
  • cooldrink bottles,
  • cooldrink lids,
  • earbuds,
  • fishing line,
  • light sticks,
  • plastic lollipop sticks,
  • straws,
  • sweet wrappers
  • water bottles

The Dirty Dozen Method

The Dirty Dozen collection method is focused on recording data of these 12 most common litter items - with this data to be used to conduct research and track the different sources of marine litter with the hope of stopping this cycle of pollution. The Two Oceans Aquarium works in collaboration with The Beach Co-op to raise awareness and collect this data.

They believe the beach clean-ups are more than just about physically collecting and removing trash, but more about creating a culture of active citizens.  Our oceans are facing a human-made plastic catastrophe, so get involved and be part of the change by join this month's clean up. 

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