Collaboration With The Litterboom Project

The Litterboom Project successfully removes 700kg – 1 ton of plastic from 5 KZN river systems each day. PEC have brought Litterboom to Cape Town.

90% of marine plastic pollution comes from river systems. Litterbooms are highly effective floating booms that catch most plastic from a river, which is then removed by trained teams and sorted on site. The Litterboom Pilot Project in Cape Town started in June 2020.

Our Plan

The Litterboom project has been established in two Cape Town rivers, but we are seeking funding partners to keep it running and to expand to more rivers across the city.

Litterbooms are installed in 2 river systems, with 2-3 Litterbooms per system over a 1.5km stretch. There are 2 permanently-employed local staff servicing the booms at each site daily. Sorted waste is collected weekly by Philippi based Vukuzenzele Multi Recycling, a co-operative promoting female empowerment through waste beneficiation and recycling in informal areas. The balance of plastic is planned to be diverted into innovation project/s to keep the maximum amount out of landfill.

The aim for 2021 is to first expand the project in the current river systems, to maximise the impact in those systems. Secondly, we plan to launch in more river systems which urgently require intervention. Eventually, we hope to have LItterbooms operating on rivers across the city.

Pilot Boom Locations:

First Site: The Black River in Mowbray

Installed during World Oceans Week, 1 - 8 June 2020.

Second Site: The Big and Little Lotus Rivers in Grassy Park, leading into Rondevlei

Installed on 23 June 2020.

Fostering social upliftment and environmental stewardship in economically challenged areas by helping communities clean their own rivers.

Community Engagement is key to the project

  • Employment from a nearby community
  • Partnership with local SMME recycling off-takers & innovation projects
  • Increase local informal waste beneficiation through tie in with local waste pickers
  • Facilitated community-led clean ups
  • School buy back schemes (eg. swop shops, Litter for Token)
  • Cleaner rivers/canals makes way for improved public health and sanitation

Want To Get Involved? We need funding to keep the project running!

Check out a video of the Black River Installation

Video Credit: Mark van Wijk (