Join Trash Bash at Monwabsi Beach on International Coastal Cleanup Day, 18 September 2021. We want to do everything we can to tackle plastic pollution on our coastline… And we want YOU to be part of it. We've teamed up with the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, Consol Glass and Captain Fanplastic to make this beach cleanup even more amazing!

Join in Trash Bash

On 18 September, the Trash Bash Cleanup will take place at Monwabisi Beach - let's help clean up our environment!

Apart from being good for the environment, cleanups are also good for us humans. Anyone who has spent a morning with us, taking part in a cleanup, knows that it’s actually a chance to have a ball, to spend time with friends and family, to breathe in some fresh air, and to leave a slightly better, slightly more informed person.

What better way to give back than having fun while doing it?

“Cleaning up isn’t just good for the environment, it is also good for those taking part. It leaves participants feeling that they are making a difference, playing their part and being responsible for something as fragile, yet incredibly important as the ocean. The outcome of these cleanups is often much bigger than just a cleaner beach, as it changes people’s view of their role within the environment and instils a sense of responsibility towards their surrounds. Cleanups also get us outdoors and to appreciate the beauty of our surrounds.” – Two Oceans Aquarium Communications & Sustainability Manager Helen Lockhart


  • Date: Saturday 18 September 2021
  • Time: 09h00 to 11h00
  • Location: Monwabisi Beach, off Baden Powell Drive
  • What to bring: Sunblock, a hat, water (in a reusable bottle), reusable gloves (like the ones you’d use for gardening or doing dishes), and your enthusiasm. Please remember to wear your mask in public.
  • Install: Add the Marine Debris Tracker app (iOS | Android) to log the litter you collect (join The Beach Co-op's list)

Competition: Guess the trash weight and win

We've teamed up with Consol Glass and Captain Fanplastic for the good of the ocean - and beach cleaners can win! Simply guess the weight of the beach litter we will collect during the cleanup and you could win!

Submit your guess when you register upon arrival. The closest 3 guesses will each take home a beautiful #IChanged2050 Consol Glass bottle, a copy of The Legend of Captain Fanplastic and a Two Oceans Aquarium reusable shopping bag at the end of the cleanup, once we've tallied the final weight.


Consol Glass is a partner of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation's sea turtle rehabilitation efforts, and is a supporter of efforts to bolster the conservation of our ocean.

Captain Fanplastic is an environmental literacy programme that uses graphic storytelling and gamification to educate children on the issues of land-based pollution and the need to recycle plastic.

Why do we trash bash?

Aside from the obvious perks of doing a cleanup, Trash Bash also contributes to important scientific research by following the Dirty Dozen data collection method.

The Dirty Dozen are the 12 litter items that are most commonly found during cleanups. These are: Carrier bags, chip packets, cigarette lighters, cooldrink bottles, cooldrink lids, earbuds, fishing line, lightsticks, plastic lollipop sticks, straws, sweet wrappers and water bottles.

Photo by Devon Bowen/Two Oceans Aquarium.

Attendees work together in groups and record everything collected, paying specific attention to the Dirty Dozen items. At the end of each cleanup, the data is collated and contributes to research tracking the different sources of marine litter. 

Our oceans are facing a human-made plastic catastrophe. With estimates being that by 2050 there will be more plastic, by weight, than fish in the ocean, the time is now to make a difference and clean up our acts. Studies have shown that millions of seabirds have ingested plastic and a staggering number of sea animals die each year from plastic ingestion. Plastic has truly permeated into the deepest recesses of our natural world and has even entered our food chain.

Photo by Devon Bowen/Two Oceans Aquarium.

Plastic doesn’t break down; it doesn’t degrade and become part of the natural system again. In fact, plastic breaks up. It breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces until it becomes small enough, not only for small fish to mistake it for food, but research has found that even plankton is now mistaking this “forever material” for food and consuming it, introducing it into the food chain at the lowest level.

The question now is: What can we do to stop this pollution of our oceans? Considering that 80% of plastic found in the oceans originates on land, the answer is actually quite simple - we can intervene in the cycle of pollution entering the oceans via land, by removing it from the beaches and the wetlands, and preventing it from entering the water in the first place.

Join Bruce the Shark and let's make a Trash Bash difference! Photo by Amina Hoosain/Two Oceans Aquarium.

Trash Bash Archive

Trash Bash is a campaign by the Two Oceans Aquarium, expanding on our previous cleanup commitments. With your support, we hope to grow the attendance of these cleanups and to entrench them as part of Cape Town’s culture.

Take a look at our previous Trash Bashes:

If you'd like more information, feel free to get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don't forget to express your interest on the Trash Bash Facebook event to receive updated information.

Together we can have a huge impact - we've come a long way since the very first Trash Bash! Photo by Devon Bowen/Two Oceans Aquarium.

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