The Overstrand Municipality remains committed to its efforts to eradicate waste responsibly and to promote a plastic-free environment. Subsequently, Overstrand’s Manager of Solid Waste, Johan van Taak, and Environmental Officer Penelope Aplon recently did a presentation to the Executive Management Team (EMT) on the dangers and negative impact of plastic bags on the environment and the ocean.
In due course, the intention is to also do a roll-out drive amongst all Overstrand employees with the view of creating greater awareness and ensuring that they, in turn, become the primary ambassadors for the campaign.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Van Taak and Aplon handed out reuseable bags (made from durable parachute material) to Overstrand Mayor Rudolph Smith, his fellow Mayoral Committee (Mayco) members, and the EMT.
Against this backdrop, Van Taak stated, “We wish to encourage the Overstrand community to buy reusable bags instead of ordinary shopping bags. In this way, the public will assist us greatly in our environmental conservation and waste management efforts.
“It is of particular concern that worldwide an estimated 4 billion plastic bags are reportedly ending up as litter each year. Tied end-to-end, it means that these bags could circle the earth 63 times!”