Reduce, reuse, recycle is the message

By Environment Writer Time of article published Aug 10, 2007

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Two Capetonians have taken to the streets with a wheelie bin to raise awareness about the city's waste crisis, and say it is up to every one of us to reduce, re-use or recycle our rubbish.

Environmentalists Mary Murphy and Ray Chaplin, who spent the public holiday on Thursday pushing the rubbish bin from the city centre to Hout Bay, will continue their walk to Noordhoek on Friday, to Constantia on Saturday and will end in front of parliament on Sunday.

The notice on the side of the bin reads: "Wasted? Or sorted? Be waste wise: reduce, reuse, recycle."

Speaking over the phone from the top of Suikerbossie, between Llandudno and Hout Bay, Murphy said Cape Town would run out of places to dump its waste within three to five years.

Panting a little, with cars roaring by in the background, Murphy said: "Everybody needs to get involved to solve the problem. We have three to five years of landfill space left. What happens after that?"

"We hear all sorts of statistics about recycling, and I think recycling of cans in this country is pretty high, but overall, recycling is not happening on any significant scale.

"All this talk about recycling waste and reducing the amount of waste going into the landfills is just talk," Murphy said.

"That's got to change, and every single person has to start doing it now."

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