Nurdle clean-up efforts continue and expand

Nomusa Mbatha and Happy Siwela helping in the nurdle clean-up.
Nomusa Mbatha and Happy Siwela helping in the nurdle clean-up.

WILD OCEANS  and SAAMBR (South African Association for Marine Biological Research) are currently training more people, this time in the Eastern Cape, on how to deal with the nurdles after they spread to the Cape.

Billions of small toxic plastic pellets known as nurdles washed up on Durban beaches following a storm in October.

“I believe this is worse than an oil spill,” said Rachel Kramer, Wild Oceans project co-ordinator and environmentalist.

Read also – Durban beaches awash with toxic nurdles

He added, “Nurdles don’t just land in one spot and stay there, they can be washed away with the tides and resurface on different beaches daily.”

To date, 10,9 tons of the reported 49 tons of nurdles that spilled into our ocean, have been recovered.

Read also – Critical lagoon clean-up and now a toxic nurdle disaster 

He said the one positive thing about the disaster was that it had brought the topic of ocean pollution to the forefront of marine conservation, garnering support from the media, corporates and civil society alike.


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