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Get back to the beach and at the same time do something good for the environment!

Join the Two Oceans Aquarium Trash Bash 2021 at one of our regular beach cleanup events at Mouille Point Beach on 6 March 2021. We want to do everything we can to tackle plastic pollution on our coastline… And we want YOU to join us.

Apart from being good for the environment, cleanups are also good for us humans. Anyone who has spent a morning with us, taking part in a cleanup, knows that it’s actually 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.

What better way to give back than having fun while doing it?

Why do we Trash Bash?

Aside from the obvious perks of doing a cleanup, 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.

Our oceans are facing a human-made plastic catastrophe. With estimates being that by 2050 there will be more plastic, by weight, than fish in the ocean, the time is now to make a difference and clean up our acts. Studies have shown that millions of seabirds have ingested plastic and a staggering number of sea animals die each year from plastic ingestion. Plastic has truly permeated into the deepest recesses of our natural world and has even entered our food chain.

Plastic doesn’t break down; it doesn’t degrade and become part of the natural system again. In fact, plastic breaks up. It breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces until it becomes small enough, not only for small fish to mistake it for food, but research has found that even plankton is now mistaking this “forever material” for food and consuming it, introducing it into the food chain at the lowest level.

The question now is: What can we do to stop this pollution of our oceans?

Considering that 80% of plastic found in the oceans originates on land, the answer is actually quite simple – we can intervene in the cycle of pollution entering the oceans via land, by removing it from the beaches and the wetlands, and preventing it from entering the water in the first place.
More information and the Trash Bash Archive are available here

WHERE: Mouille Point Beach, at the parking lot at Beach Rd and Fritz Sonnenberg Rd intersection, Mouille Point, Cape Town 8005
WHEN: Saturday 6 March 2021 Time: 09h00 to 11h00
INFO:  Renée Leeuwner T +27 (0)21 418 3823 | Direct line: +27 (0)21 814 4539 | E renee.leeuwner@aquarium.co.za | Website

CHECKLIST
• What to bring: Sunblock, a hat, water (in a reusable bottle), reusable gloves (like the ones you’d use for gardening or doing dishes), and a smile. Please remember to wear your mask in public.
• Install: Add the Marine Debris Tracker app (iOS | Android) to log the litter you collect (join The Beach Co-op’s list)
• Join the Facebook event

See also Cape Town Green Map