Holiday-goers at the coast and in the north were this past festive season encouraged by the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) – through its Namibia Beverage Container Alliance (NBCA) movement – to clean up around them, which, according to RNF Coordinator, Anita Witt saw great participation and success with bags of recyclable waste collected.
The NBCA – set up by members with a vested interest in not only supplying, but also ensuring the correct collection and disposal, via recycling of their products across Namibia – launched a clean-up campaign that encouraged holiday-goers at the coast and in the north, to take only two minutes of their time to clean up around them. The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, Coca Cola Namibia Beverage Company, Plastic Packaging and Rent-A-Drum are the NBCA members.
Using the hashtag slogan #2minutebeachclean and #2minutestreetclean on Facebook, visitors were encouraged to collect refuse and clear bags at retail outlets in town – which were then used for the collection of waste and recyclables where they are visiting. Witt: Statistics reveal at the end of the campaign that a total of more than 2000 bags, sponsored by Plastic Packaging, were collected by Rent-A-Drum at the coast and in the north during the campaign. This volume of bags resulted in close to 3 tons of recyclable waste collected.”
Enid Johr from Coca Cola Namibia says the two minute clean-up campaign has a future in Namibia. “This campaign – during which Namibians, and visitors to Namibia are encouraged to take only a few minutes of their time to clean up around them – will be hosted on a regular basis throughout the year, as it is of importance to us that every effort is made to ensure that beverage containers (and other waste) are collected so that we can work towards a cleaner and greener Namibia.”