By : Ann Kunz
Earlier today the uShaka Sea World Education Team handed over eighty-six ecobricks to members of the Durban Green Corridors Litter Boom Project.
SAAMBR staff have been making these eco-bricks out of unrecyclable single-use plastic for the past three years. Ecobricks, which are relatively easy to make and cost nothing, are used in a variety of ways.
With the involvement of local communities, Green Corridors use ecobricks to create effective litter booms which they place in rivers and streams.
Under normal conditions, these litter booms have proven most effective in ensuring litter does not reach the ocean. These litter booms are temporarily removed during very heavy rains so they are not washed away and can be used again.
The plastic trapped by the litter boom is collected on a daily basis by members of the community and where possible, items collected are sorted and sent for recycling. What cannot be normally recycled, is used to make pavers, and a range of other products.
We are very proud of the work done by the Durban Green Corridors Litter Boom Project team and the communities and schools who have adopted a stream or river.
Working together to conserve our oceans.
In the picture is Smile Khumalo, Hlengiwe Ndlovu and Jabulani Ngwenya