THE WAR AGAINST CIGARETTE BUTTS ALONG THE OVERSTRAND COASTLINE – PROGRESS REPORT
Posted on the 28th April 2018
This is the report on one of the six projects forming part of the BirdLife Overberg conservation campaign on our coastline and estuaries, now being called the CleanMarine project. Like the "CleanMarine at BirdLife Overberg" Facebook page to receive regular news and updates on our projects. This is a report on progress made during April – the reports on the other five conservation projects are being published separately.
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STATUS AT END OF APRIL 2018:
The initial goal of this project was to distribute cigarette butt bins developed by Whale Coast Conservation along Cape Whale Coast coastline. The success of these bins is being debated at the moment and several alternatives are being investigated. Consultations in this regard have been undertaken with Whale Coast Conservation, the Environmental Management division of the Overstrand municipality and the Onrus Litter Ladies.
A research project to assess the success of the various types of bins that are being used has been launched under the supervision of Sheraine van Wyk of WCC and will last for three months. It was decided to await the outcomes and recommendations from this project before any further decisions will be taken about the future placement of cigarette butt bins.
Cigarette butts remain a huge worldwide problem when coastal litter is evaluated. It has become evident that alternative plans to address the problem of cigarette butt pollution will have to be developed. Discussions in this regard with Dr Mark Brown of the Nature’s Valley Trust have been initiated. The implementation of this project will be discussed with our project partners during August in view of making decisions on the continuation thereof, or not.