Over 6,000kg of plastic waste was collected on 16th
September along the Kenyan coastal strip in an effort to reduce
the amount of plastic waste dumped into the ocean.
The exercise was organized and carried
out by various conservation partners including WWF
Kenya, Base Titanium, Kwale County government and over
300 community volunteers.
The event is part of the global marine
cleaning initiative dubbed “The International Coastal
Clean- up” that takes place annually.
“The objective of this exercise is to
create awareness about environmental pollution and
its devastating effects to the way of living.
“Through Base Titanium’s various
environmental programmes, we are able to mobilise
local communities to be champions in protecting and
conserving the environment” Mr. Colin Forbes who is
the Environmental and Community Affairs Manager said
during the clean-up exercise in Msambweni.
The initiative aims at creating
awareness about marine conservation and to reduce marine
pollution. Experts estimate that over 8 billion tons of
plastic is dumped in the oceans every year.
Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa staff collects plastic trash on
the beach during the Sub-International Coastal Cleanup 2017
exercise organized by the Kenya Conservation Aquatic Resources
on Saturday 16th September. The clean up was held on
selected beaches from Shimoni to Kiunga. The annual event aims
at harnessing the power of people to fight ocean trash.
According to Ocean Conservancy, plastic have been found in 62
per cent of all sea birds and in 100 per cent of sea turtles
The waste is broken down into small
pieces, and is mistaken for food by birds, fish, turtles and
This then enters the human food chain
through fish, soil and water.
Its chemicals are also leached out
into the water and other environments.
Environmental scientists estimate that
by 2050, there will be more waste in our oceans than fish
The international coastal clean-up
though small is a giant step in addressing the growing problem
of plastic waste.
Last year, the South Coast clean-up
saw about 200 volunteers in Kwale county come together to
collect over 1,600kg of plastic waste in the beach clean-up
In 2015, over 8.5 tons of plastic
waste was collected on the Kenyan coast by 2,500 volunteers in
2-3 hours covering about 35kms of beach.
Globally, about 800,000 volunteers
collected more than 8 million Kilos of plastic waste during the
2015 International Coastal Clean Up.
Mr. Colin Forbes added that, “We are
proud to be part of this global initiative and more specifically
here in Kwale. We want to leave a more sustainable Kwale
community for generations to come.
“We thank our partners and all the
volunteers for their support and effort.”