Many “complaints” have been voiced, written and read over the years concerning littering scarring our beachfront.
It might be preferable to report, as opposed to complain, in the hope that some positive action could be taken by the culprits. (We can but hope.)
The worst occasions are obviously the Splash (Trash?) Festival, the opening of the season and the New Year’s festivities. This year was probably the worst ever, possibly enhanced by the idyllic weather on January 1 attracting massive crowds.
Several waste recycling stations were in place on the lawns opposite Hobie Beach, but sadly on inspection early on January 2 the small amount of litter that was actually inside the bins was mostly incorrectly placed according to the labels clearly shown.
However, the bins are all black and colour-coding is surely standard practice for recycling purposes these days?
On a global level it is reputed that the largest refuse dump on the planet is at the bottom of the sea somewhere in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean. We are certainly contributing to this as a lot of our debris is blown out to sea and moved around the world by various currents.
On a positive note, the municipal early morning cleaning-up has been quite noticeable. A special thank you to “our” dedicated Hobie Beach star, named Welcome, who is not only very thorough, but also has a pleasant and cheerful character.
Bill Colston, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth