For the past couple of weeks, plastic pellets have been collected from different beaches in the Overstrand.
Yesterday, a large amount of nurdles washed up beyond the Gansbaai coast yesterday. Beaches most affected are Bluewater Bay, Castle Beach and the beach at Pearly Beach Resort towards Soetfontein (Skippie).
Earlier today, some nurdels were picked up from KAMMABAAI near Voëlklip beach.
This is an urgent call to volunteers to help pick up the nurdles. Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. They are the raw material which nearly all our plastic products are made from.
To collect nurdles, please bring a SIEVE (to separate nurdles from the sand) and a BUCKET (most nurdles and microplastic will float in water, so a quick way to separate them from sand can be to simply put the collected nurdles, sand and debris in a bucket of water and scoop off the plastic fragments from the top placing them)
Please do not discard the nurdles in municipal waste bins.
Wheelie bins are placed at strategic points as collection point. Alternatively dropped your container off at the Tourism offices or the Fire Brigade
• African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) on 072 598 7117,
• South African Shark Conservancy (SASC) on 028 312 3029 or
• Dyer Island Conservation Trust on 082 907 5607
• and remember to mention exactly where they were found/spotted.