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Litter nets catch waste from stormwater system along Sea Point coastline<p>​</p><span><p>The installation of the litter nets forms part of a trial project, which aims to reduce the amount of litter being discharged onto the beaches in Sea Point via the stormwater system. These nets have been installed between Graafs Pool and the Sea Point public swimming pool. </p><p>'Our teams have been on site this week, clearing the nets after the rains and I was very encouraged to see that these nets have been very successful in trapping the very small pieces of litter as well. We hope that these litter nets will be a visual reminder and create awareness of the significant challenge that plastic and litter present. We will be collecting data on the quantity of rubbish removed from the nets and urge the public to please take note and refrain from dumping any plastic or objects into the stormwater system,' said the City's Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/litter%20nets1.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>The planning for the project commenced in 2021. The first net was installed at Graafs Pool in 2021; however the design required tweaking due to the damage caused by high seas.  </p><p>The nets are closed at their ends with a rope. When the nets are full, the rope is untied to remove the litter. The cleaning will depend on rainfall events as the nets will need to be cleaned more frequently during winter.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/litter%20nets2.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Depending on the outcomes of this trial, the City and its partners may look to expand the project to other areas along the city's coastline.</p><p>The project has also created some basic employment opportunities for the removal of the litter from the nets and adjacent beaches. The intention is to separate recyclables from non-recyclables in the litter nets, and to recycle wherever possible. <br></p><p><br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/litter%20nets3.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:423px;" /> </figure>​​</span> <p><strong>Caption 1:</strong> Shark Spotters and the City's Coastal Management staff installing a litter net at Graafs Pool in Sea Point. </p><p><strong>Caption 2:</strong> Rubbish caught in one of the recently installed litter nets.</p><p><strong>Caption 3:</strong> Litter net at Graafs pool</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-08-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1c3c25c3-930d-4c87-8395-5944802472bf;L0|#01c3c25c3-930d-4c87-8395-5944802472bf|Coastal area;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#8df52855-7e66-4f37-a95a-973b1dab9784;L0|#08df52855-7e66-4f37-a95a-973b1dab9784|litter10

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