Join the Two Oceans Aquarium Trash Bash at the next of our regular environmental cleanup events in Cape Town. We want to do more to tackle plastic pollution in our waterways… And we want YOU to join us.

On 25 May 2019, the Trash Bash cleanup will take place at Monwabisi Beach - let's help clean up our coastline!

Apart from being good for the environment, cleanups are also good for us humans. Anyone who’s spent a morning with us on a beach to pick up plastic pollution 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 feel the sand between our toes, and to leave a slightly better, slightly more informed person.

The next Trash Bash is heading to False Bay's Monwabisi Beach.

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

25 May - Monwabisi Beach cleanup

  • Date: 25 May 2019
  • Time: 09h00 to 11h00
  • Location: Monwabisi Beach
  • What to bring: Sunblock, a hat, water (in a reusable bottle), and reusable gloves (like the ones you’d use for gardening or doing dishes).
  • Join the Facebook event

The Two Oceans Aquarium Trash Bash receives the support and assistance from the amazing Beach Co-op, a non-profit organisation driving change in single-use plastic through integrated surveys and research-ready beach cleanups. It’s great to have this wonderful organisation on board!

Photo by Amina Hoosain/Two Oceans Aquarium.

8 June - World Oceans Day Hout Bay cleanup

World Ocean Day 2019 is a time for us to protect and restore our ocean - together! We want YOU to join us on the beachfront of Hout Bay - a thriving hub of human and animal coexistence! Where better to begin World Oceans Day?

  • Date: 8 June 2019
  • Time: 09h00 to 11h00
  • Location: Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa (Hout Bay Beach Parking lot, look for the blue banners)
  • What to bring: Sunblock, a hat, water (in a reusable bottle), and reusable gloves (like the ones you’d use for gardening or doing dishes).
  • Join the Facebook event

The Dirty Dozen Method

Aside from the obvious perks of doing a beach 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 on our beaches. 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 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

Throughout 2018, four successful Trash Bash cleanups were run on Cape Town's Sunset Beach - not only cleaning up this patch of coast, but also collecting scientific data about the buildup of pollution on this stretch.

In the past, the Two Oceans Aquarium has always supported International Coastal Cleanup Day, taking place in September each year. Trash Bash is a campaign by the Two Oceans Aquarium and The Beach Co-op, expanding on our previous beach cleanup commitments by hosting quarterly. With your support, we hope to grow 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. Photo by Devon Bowen/Two Oceans Aquarium.

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