ABOUT THE PROJECT
Initiated in 2017, The Litterboom Project - TLP - was the pilot phase of our solution to alleviating the increase in marine plastic pollution, by targeting the river systems, instead of dealing with it only at the oceans.
90% of marine plastic pollution comes from river systems and we, at the TLP team, have therefore devoted ourselves to this preventative solution.
Over the past year and a half, we have successfully been able to prevent over 300 000kgs of plastic from reaching the ocean through the hard work of a very small team.
TLP is currently active in 10 Rivers around South Africa - 6 in KZN and 4 in the Western Cape.
We believe that true intervention starts with the public citizens engaging with meaningful projects such as this, be it sacrificing time to join us for clean-ups or donating to our cause. Every little bit helps a tremendous amount.
Some of the instrumental partners involved in this project include:
Founder and CEO
“We don’t believe in a few people doing things perfectly, but rather everyone making an effort imperfectly”
HOW IT WORKS
The physical solution is simple. We use a large pipe that we anchor across the river, which acts as a catchment for all surface level plastics- which are predominantly HDPE and PET.
This preventative measure is set up strategically where it can collect the most rubbish and where our team collect, sort and send the plastic off for recycling.
This solution is something that continues to evelolve, however we are incredibly happy with how much of an impact it has made on the water quality and the quantity of plastic we have prevented being pushed into the ocean!
To create these Litterbooms and management systems throughout the whole of South Africa!
We are confident in our model and on the back of identified recycling partners, we believe we can create a meaningful impact on the ever increasing amount of marine plastic pollution flowing into our oceans.
If you would like to find out more about how to get involved, please contact us below: