• Following heavy rainfall this shocking footage shows tons of waste crashing in the waves off the Umgeni River Mouth, Durban.
  • Captured by Joshua Redman and Cameron Service, who run The Litterboom Project, the footage shows thousands of bottles crashing in the waves.
  • The waste gets flushed downstream after big summer rains which clears out all the pollution that had built up over the province's dry season in Winter.
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Following heavy rainfall in KwaZulu-Natal, this shocking footage shows tons of plastic crashing in the waves off the Umgeni River Mouth, Durban.

Captured by Joshua Redman and Cameron Service, both of whom run The Litterboom Project, a conservation initiative that aims to reduce waste, the footage shows thousands of bottles as they crash in the waves on 12 December 2019. 

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Umgeni River Mouth, Durban. Source: Joshua Redman and Cameron Service, The Litterboom Project.

“I don’t know exact quantities, probably more than 100 tonnes,” said Service.

The river mouth is located a mere 5.7km from one of Durban's most popular beaches, North Beach, where thousands of holiday-makers will swim over the festive season. 

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North Beach. Source: Google Maps

The video has since gone viral and been published across the world on social media. 

The waste gets flushed downstream after big summer rains which clears out all of the pollution that had built-up over the province's dry season in Winter.

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Umgeni River Mouth, Durban. Source: Joshua Redman and Cameron Service, The Litterboom Project.

The conservation initiative say the level of plastic is worsening due to informal settlements popping up along rivers and poor service delivery from Durban’s municipality, reported the SABC.

Initiated in 2017, The Litterboom Project, is using rubbish catching booms, strategically placed upstream to reduce what gets washed into the ocean. So far, they’ve, collected almost 1,000 tonnes of rubbish since May.

The conservation initiative is calling on all South Africans to reduce single-use plastic.

Business Insider has reached out to eThekwini Municipality for comment. 

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