WATCH: Huge effort to clear millions of nurdles washing up on Cape coastline

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Oct 28, 2020

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Cape Town – Millions of tiny nurdles are washing up all along the Cape’s beaches.

Over the past two weeks, the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Management Department has detected a sudden increase in the number of nurdles washing up onto beaches around the Cape metropole.

Nurdles are very small pellets of plastic used as raw material in the manufacture of plastic products.

The City – in collaboration with stakeholders from The Beach Co-op, Shark Spotters, Two Oceans Aquarium, South African National Parks and other conservation organisations – is busy with a huge clean-up effort to remove the nurdles.

Shark Spotter crew members are removing small plastic nurdles from Fish Hoek beach. Picture Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Large numbers of nurdles are also being reported on beaches across the Southern Cape.

Over the past two weeks, the City of Cape Town’s Environment Management Department has detected a sudden increase of nurdles at beaches around the Cape Metropole. Picture Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Plastics SA is investigating the possibility that the nurdle spill is from a vessel that lost its cargo off the coast of Plettenberg Bay.

The City of Cape Town, in collaboration with stakeholders from The Beach Co-op, Shark Spotters, Two Ocean Aquarium, South African National Parks, and other conservation organisations, is busy with a huge clean-up effort to remove nurdles. Picture Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

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