Following a march against climate change by pupils from Ukhanyo Secondary School and Alexandria High School a fortnight ago, the next project by the Kariega Foundation was a community cleanup in Klipfontein on Friday September 27.
About 60 people participated in the cleanup day, involving children from Klipfontein Primary School.
Harmony Park community leader Eugene Williams led the cleanup, with support from Ward 3 Councillor Cynthia James, Ndlambe Municipality Public Works Programme workers, local residents, and members of the Kariega Foundation and Kariega Volunteer Programme.
The day began with an informative presentation about waste and recycling given by Marcia Fargnoli and Chris Bakkes of the Kariega Environmental Education Project. Then Kariega Volunteer Programme coordinator Jarrett Joubert gave a demonstration of how to make eco-bricks, by filing empty two-litre cooldrink bottles with soft, clean plastic waste.
After that, people dispersed around Klipfontein and cleaned up enough garbage to fill a skip container, Fargnoli said.
“All participants showed great commitment in this effort, spending about 2.5 hours cleaning up in the hot sun,” she said.
“The garbage was mainly plastic debris, but there was also a lot of glass, paper and styrofoam. There were old television sets and bulky electronic waste also found amidst the debris. Building rubble was also largely present.”
The cleanup crew extended thanks to Leach Pharmacy for providing rubber gloves, Spar Port Alfred and Ndlambe Municipality for providing cleanup bags, Klipfontein Primary School for use of their hall, and Cedric Vandenschrik for taking photographs of the event.