Beach Clean Up Event
On Thursday 16th January 2020 approximately 50 staff from Sistema’s Office and Production volunteered and took part in a coastal clean up event at the waterfront reserve at the end of the road where the factory is located. We chose an area in our community so we could have a positive impact on the state of ocean rubbish in our local area.
The event was organised in collaboration with Sustainable Coastlines (www.sustainablecoastlines.org). Sustainable Coastlines is a New Zealand charity whose mission is to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways they love by coordinating and providing support to organise coastal clean ups, educational programmes, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects.
The group split up into two groups and headed in opposite directions along the coast so we could collect as much rubbish as possible. The event was a huge success and we removed 820 litres of rubbish from the coast. This equated to 22 litres per person which is above the average amount collected during this type of event.
We collected an array of rubbish, but the main types were glass and glass bottles, single-use plastic bottles, cans, unidentified plastic pieces, polystyrene, cloth, clothing and shoes and farm debris such as fence wire, shotgun casings and rope. This was a real eye opener for the volunteers as it highlighted the amount of rubbish that actually makes its way to the oceans – rubbish that could be avoided if people chose more sustainable alternatives, recycled items where possible or disposed of their rubbish correctly.
We look forward to planning more events like this in the future to help reduce the amount of rubbish in our community and our oceans.