Lagoon area cleaned up

Locals collected and removed a considerable amount of waste from the lagoon ­surroundings.

16 June 2019 | Events

Karen Templin; Environmentalist; The skip bins used by Namport are not covered and the wind blows a lot of plastics and other stuff into the ocean.”

Walvis Bay • Otis Finck



Eighty-three volunteers (64 adults and 19 children) pitched for the ­second edition of the Walvis Bay Lagoon clean-up operation last week Sunday.

The group also targeted the Lovers Hills area while Parkrun participants removed plastic and debris from the lagoon walkway on Saturday during an exercise which formed part of World Oceans Day commemorations.

They collected 844 kg of waste of which 48 kg was recyclable. A lot of plastics containing food and tires which cannot be recycled were also gathered.

Last year 20 people joined the effort and collected 1.5 tons of waste of which 850 kg was recyclable material.

Karen Templin started the initiative due to the presence of plastics in the ocean originating from the harbour and vessels. “The skip bins used by Namport are not covered and the wind blows a lot of plastic and other stuff from it into the ocean. The current and tides take the plastic towards the speed strip. It pollutes the area and gets consumed by animals.”

Namib Marine provided two boats to transport volunteers to the speed strip for the exercise. People with canoes also joined the operation. Templin recently founded West Coast Ocean Conservancy in order to facilitate regular clean-ups and education sessions on plastic pollution at schools.

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