After a heavy storm last Week-End, it was reported that 23 containers had been lost at sea near Port Elizabeth. With the strong Westerly winds and currents, debris has steadily been washing up on our beaches. The community has been hard at work removing the Polystyrene and other debris that has washed up so far.
Polystyrene is the one that is of ecological concern as this material is notorious for breaking up into pieces that choke animals and clog their digestive systems.
It is also non degradable and tends to fly and float away. it is resistant to photolysis, or the breaking down of materials by photons originating from a light source.
With reports that the situation in Sundays river is much worse, we can expect further debris to wash up.
So if you are on our beaches and see a piece of polystyrene tumbling past, pick it up, it’s one piece less out there.