The Global Declaration obliges signatories to commit to action in six areas: education, research, public policy, best practices, recycling/recovery, and product stewardship. As of the last progress report (2016), more than 260 marine litter projects have been planned, underway, or completed around the globe. Our projects range in size, focus, and scope and involve an ever growing number of partners. All are forging cooperation and furthering progress to prevent, reduce, and improve understanding of marine litter. At the present time this list does not reflect the entire universe of commitments.  We are currently working to get each project included here.  We will remove this notice when the entries are completed.

Marine Litter Solutions

Chorkor Beach Clean-up 2016

The Ghana Plastic Manufacturers Association (GPMA) organized a major Beach Clean-up activity in the densely populated coastal dwelling, Chorkor, in the capital, Accra. Ocean pollution solutions take many hands working together. GPMA is pleased to have this work...
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Berg2Beach Project

Plastics|SA has initiated a project which focuses on litter and recreational activities on inland dams and rivers (which eventually lead to the sea).  A young learner in the Kwazulu Natal area has taken it upon herself to monitor the rivers and dams in the Drakensberg...
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Orange River Project

Plastics|SA’s Cleanup and recycle “Berg2beach” campaign aims to encourage hikers, mountaineers, fishermen, canoeists, kayakers and divers to ensure that our country is clean and green by showing a commitment and support of the plastics industries environmental...
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African Marine Debris Summit

June 2014 marks the one year anniversary of Plastics SA’s first African Marine Debris Summit that took place at the SA National Biodiversity Institute at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, last year. The Summit, which was entitled “African lessons to...
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Monitoring animal entanglement

In collaboration with stakeholders (SPCA, SANCCOB, SANPARKS, SAMREC, Birdlife South Africa and the aquariums) we analyse the impact of entanglement on large marine mammals and seabirds.  This project has now been expanded to include impact of plastic entanglement in...
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Coastal Pellet-Watch Project

We monitor micro plastics and pellets along our coastline on a quarterly basis.  The prevalence of micro plastics on the South African coastline will eventually give us an idea of the distribution and density of the material and provide a base from which to work...
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Technical and Scientific Advisory Panel

Plastics|SA established a Technical and Scientific Advisory Panel on Marine Debris in South Africa on 16 February 2012. The aim of the panel is to create awareness and undertake research. The panel consists of the plastics industry, marine scientists...
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Two Oceans Marathon

This year marked the 8th occasion that Plastics|SA was involved in cleaning the waste generated by runners and supporters at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Our aim is to ensure that the waste is collected, removed and recycled in line with the overall goals of...
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PVC Pipe Fishing Line Bins

This Project not only raises awareness on marine debris but provides containers along the South African coast which collect discarded fishing lines. PVC Pipe Fishing Line Bins Sea birds and marine life are often trapped or killed as a result of fishing line that was...
Marine Litter Solutions

International Coastal Cleanups

Thousands of volunteers, numerous volunteer organizations and umpteen kilograms of garbage removed from beaches around South Africa signaled another successful annual International Coastal Clean-up Day, coordinated by Plastics|SA, Ocean Conservancy, KZN Wildlife and...
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Operation Clean Sweep

Plastics|SA has obtained the Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) licence from SPI and will use OCS materials to develop education and training materials for the South African plastics industry. Activities began in April...
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Cape Argus PicknPay Cycle Tour

Plastics|SA helped to make this year’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour sustainable by coordinating a clean-up crew of 161 workers during this year’s cycle race, creating awareness of litter and waste management amongst the runners, cyclists and their...
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Paper and Packaging Industry Waste Management Plan

The Plastics|SA Sustainability Council and Polymer Recycling Groups, in conjunction with the Packaging Council of SA, need to ensure actions to increase the recycling rate of plastics by encouraging separation at source from households, training waste collectors on...