Following the success and popularity of sustainable dog waste bins set up in Noordhoek and Scarborough, the local Clovelly Eco group is rolling out more bins for other beaches in Cape Town.
For years there have been different opinions of what should be done with dog waste on beaches – be it simply throwing it into the bushes or putting it in plastic bags and binning it, from there it will go to landfills somewhere in Cape Town. A group of Cape Town residents went the extra mile to develop a new option that is not only more sustainable but also convenient.
After much deliberation and consideration by the community, this new solution will allow animal owners to responsibly dispose of their pet’s waste, without using plastic or leaving the faeces behind to despoil the natural landscape.
At both Noordhoek and Scarborough, dog poo worm farming bins were set up at beaches along with scoops made from recycled materials.
Kylie Wilford from the Clovelly Eco group has since rolled out the same offerings at Clovelly and soon Glencairn beach after being inspired by this fantastic idea.
“I went to Scarborough to see what they’ve done there and then I started raising money for the community of Clovelly and Glencairn with the help of Peter Scott from the rate payers association, who has helped raise money for the cause.” says Wilford.
Together with the eco-friendly composting bins, EcoBricks may soon be added to use recycled materials from the beaches in EcoBricks that will go towards building more sustainable options for the area, once the worm bins have proven successful.
Currently a trial is being done in Clovelly by the Lighthouse and Wilford aims to set up another bin in the carpark area by January.
Wilford asks residents not to put any plastic in the bins as the worms are unable to digest it, only dog poop is allowed. The EcoBrick station is also not for throwing plastic away but rather filling the bricks with plastic.
As the City strives towards more eco-friendly options, locals are spearheading a number of new initiatives that truly make us proud to be Capetonian.
Follow the Clovelly Eco Group on Facebook for updates on progress and more.