Residents tackle waste pollution

The residents of a coastal town were out in force during a cleanup operation of a part of the desert.

21 July 2019 | Local News

Dalleen Agenbag, Organiser: It is really commendable that there are so many willing to help make a difference.

Henties Bay - Iréne-Mari van der Walt

Scientists have warned that humans have about 12 years left to curb global warming and the harmful effects of pollution.

Henties Bay residents showed they will not simply sit back and watch the decay. When Henties Bay Spar hosted a desert cleanup operation last week, an estimated 120 residents including old and young joined and got their hands dirty.

Dalleen Agenbag, who organised the event, says she loves camping and was struck with the idea for the cleanup project when she saw how dirty the natural surroundings of the town had become while on a camping trip.

A total of 211 bags of rubbish were collected during the desert cleanup operation which was also the first of its kind for the town.

Agenbag added that an overwhelming portion of the rubbish collected was plastic and consisted mostly of plastic shopping bags.

Plastic Packaging Swakopmund also pitched in and donated plastic refuge bags with a holding of approximately 90l each for the exercise. Namibia Dairies, which has indicated its preparedness to continue its involvement with the effort, donated vienna sausages, and Namibia Beverages provided cold drinks.



According to Agenbag a second cleanup exercise is scheduled for September.

“This time we will go bigger and cover an expansive piece of land reaching far into the desert and the entire stretch from Henties Bay to the Omaruru River over a couple of days.”

She added the community participation is very important to ensure success and the desired impact.

“You can plan, but without the willing hands you cannot start anything. It is really commendable that there are so many willing to help make a difference.”

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