Illegal dumps along the banks of the Umgeni River in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and invasive alien plants have become a problem.

Businesses that operate along the river are now leading a weeklong campaign to clean up the river, along with the non-profit organization Adopt-a-River, to eradicate illegal dumping in the area.

World Cleaning Day and International Coastal cleaning Day

The action is timed to Saturday’s celebration of World Cleaning Day.

Adopt-a-River member Alize Mpukwana says the teams will work together to clean up the dumped waste, as well as restore the land and take measures to prevent further dumping.

“We have just started a very important campaign. Starting this week, we are celebrating Coastal Cleanup Week. We decided to address the issue of illegal dumping that occurs along the Umgeni River or in the Springfield area. And we are working together with the companies that are along this river because they saw the need and saw people dumping their loads every day where the trucks come and dump behind their companies,” says Mpukwana.

World Cleaning Day and International Coastal cleaning The day is September 17.

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