September is National Cleanup Month and eThekwini’s Durban Solid Waste (DSW) Unit has a number of cleanup programmes scheduled to beautify the City.
This is part of an on-going educational drive to encourage residents to keep their areas clean. Clean up events are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Monday.
On Friday, 18 September 2015 two clean ups are planned to celebrate National Recycling Day. The first is in Tongaat where over 400 volunteers will clean up the taxi rank.
They will be separating recyclable items from waste and the person who collects the most recyclables will win a prize. The programme starts at 09h00.
The second clean up will take place at Woodview Primary School in Phoenix where the clear recycling bags for bottles and cans, will be launched.
The clear bags will be available to all residents who currently receive orange recycling bags. Community radio station Hindvani will be broadcasting live from the event.
International Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, 19 September 2015, is International Coastal Cleanup Day which is celebrated on the third Saturday of September annually.
Three beaches in Isipingo will be cleaned by over 500 volunteers from surrounding areas including uMlazi, Lamontville, Wentworth, Merebank, Folweni and Ezimbokodweni.
Monday, 21 September 2015, has been declared No Litter Day by eThekwini Municipality. An educational motorcade through the Central Business District is planned starting at 09h00.
Officials from various departments will meet at King Dinuzulu Park before the procession moves through Joseph Nduli and Dorothy Nyembe Street before arriving at City Hall.
City Officials will follow the motorcade on foot to interact and educate commuters and formal and informal business traders about littering and effective waste management.
Nana Ndlovu, Manager of Education and Waste Minimisation at DSW encouraged the public to participate in the clean ups. If they are unable to attend she urged them to host clean ups in their communities.
“We want residents to take ownership of their City. It starts with you in your home and community. Be proactive and make a difference by keeping it litter free,” she said.