The earliest clean-up we can remember was around 1999 when operators and locals gathered with rakes, spades and vehicles to remove black, tar like oil that had deposited itself along our beach.
With the addition of the Lifeguard station during the early 2000's the beach was kept clean and thanks to the support of Mary from KZN Wildlife we were introduced to International Coastal clean-up events that took place annually in September.
Since 2009 we have been recording items found as well as kilograms weighed in and the number of helping hands!
We have co-ordinated 37 beach clean-ups in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy, the Reserve, operators and various volunteers. PlasticsSA has been the main sponsor of bags.
The events included both Local and Dobela Down clean-ups which found vehicles leaving in convoy to tackle the plastic problem further up the coastline.
"770 hands helped collect 118 532 items that weighed in at over 11 tonnes over some 80 hours!" 2009-16