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Nurdle spills point to a bigger problem of too much pla...Nurdle spills point to a bigger problem of too much pla...

Nurdle spills point to a bigger problem of too much pla...Nurdle spills point to a bigger problem of too much pla...
You might have been on a Cape beach recently and wondered why work teams are sieving sand: The Cape nurdle clean-up continues. Cape nurdle spills

Spill Tech contractors sieving the sand for nurdles at Sunrise beach near Muizenberg.Now Spill Tech teams, contracted by shipping crisis emergency response experts Protecting & Indemnity (P&I) Associates, are picking up the nurdles, which have been providing employment opportunities since they began their clean-up on 4 November 2020.Initial shoreline surveys were conducted by Spill Tech from the west of St Helena Bay to east of East London in October and November of 2020 with some technical assistance with data capture from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited.In January, 360 workers in 18 Spill Tech teams searched for and collected nurdles, and mobile vacuum units were used on beaches with high densities of nurdles.

As of 11 January, Spill Tech teams had collected 7,085 tonnes of nurdles from the beaches and 0.Spill Tech has tried to minimise disturbance to wildlife when working in sensitive areas.

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