Over the long weekend, a LITTER BOOM was installed across the mouth of the Ohlanga river – visible on the seaside of the M4 highway (not to be mistaken for a gill / fishing net!)

Designed to intercept floating litter; principally plastic packaging, that pollutes our oceans, river systems and beaches, the boom has been carefully positioned to work with river currents and prevailing winds, and is designed to cope with flood conditions. As unattractive as possible to vandals, it is fully serviceable and will be cleaned as part of a roster set up by the UIP.

Litter collected here will be recycled where possible or sent to landfill, and data on refuse collected will be used to inform a city-wide effort to stop ocean-bound plastic.

The boom was made possible through a partnership with Durban Green Corridors (DGC), Durbanites Against Plastics Pollution (DAPP) and with the generous support of Plastics SA, DPI Plastics and the uMhlanga Community including the UUST; Park to Park; uMhlanga Manors and the uMhlanga UIP. To read more about how the boom came about, click here

Thanks to the Municipality for their help in getting the boom equipment to the Lagoon.

This is a boom installed in Riverhorse (the same type as in the Ohlanga River), which has proved hugely effective in litter capture.

The boom in place, thanks so much to all those who gave their time to get it installed over the long weekend.

 

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