- Heavy rains brought huge amounts of debris from rivers and streams onto the Durban beachfront
- A major effort is now underway to clear the beaches of the massive spread of pollution
- If not, the plastic will wash into the ocean with far-reaching implications for the marine environment
After heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal, huge volumes of plastic and other rubbish washed up on Durban's beaches.
A manager responsible for recycling at Wild Trust, Hanno Langenhoven, said the debris on the beaches was the worst he'd ever seen.
He estimated that there were 60 cubic metres of plastic on the beach.
A team has since been sent to clean up the waste and then have it taken to a recycling station. The cleanup is expected to take up to five days, according to News24.
Langenhoven added that unless the beach was cleaned quickly, much of this liter would enter the ocean.
Normally, barriers are in place to prevent such large amounts of rubbish from being washed onto the beach, but these barriers were broken by the weekend's heavy rainfall.
In particular, much of this rain was the result of a hail storm in Mooi River, which sent larger than normal amounts of washing via the region's rivers.
Langenhoven described the plastic-strewn beach as a "soul destroying, depressing place to be in".
Additionally, Langenhoven warned that when the next heavy rains hit, the pollution problem would occur once again.
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