The Two Oceans Aquarium have partnered up with the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, Consol Glass and Captain Fanplastic to present a Trash Bash on Monwabisi Beach in celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day.
The Two Oceans Aquarium want to do everything they can to tackle plastic pollution on coastlines and is inviting everyone to be part of doing good for the ocean. Cleanups are good for humans too. It’s a chance to have a ball, to spend time with friends and family, to breathe in some fresh air, and to leave a slightly better, slightly more informed person.
Trash Bash also contributes to important scientific research by following the Dirty Dozen data collection method. The Dirty Dozen are the 12 litter items that are most commonly found during cleanups. These are: Carrier bags, chip packets, cigarette lighters, cooldrink bottles, cooldrink lids, earbuds, fishing line, lightsticks, plastic lollipop sticks, straws, sweet wrappers and water bottles.
Attendees work together in groups and record everything collected, paying specific attention to the Dirty Dozen items. At the end of each cleanup, the data is collated and contributes to research tracking the different sources of marine litter.
There are prizes up for grabs on the day. By guessing the weight of the trash collected, beach cleaners can win. The closest three guesses receive an IChanged2050 Consol Glass bottle, a copy of The Legend of Captain Fanplastic and a Two Oceans Aquarium reusable shopping bag.
Attendees are asked to bring sunblock, a hat, water (in a reusable bottle), and reusable gloves. Masks need to be worn at all times in public.
Venue: Monwabisi Beach, off Baden Powell Road, Khayelitsha
Time: 9am to 11am