It’s official! As of December the 20th the Victoria Falls Elephant Fence is up and saving lives. After successfully raising funds to erect an electric fence around the municipality dumpsite the community of Victoria Falls can now sleep peacefully knowing wildlife, predominantly the endangered African elephant, will be safe from suffocation by plastic.
No longer able to roam the plastic ridden refuse tip by night elephant and other animals are protected from the hazards of pollution. A bucket-list destination, Victoria Falls is a victim of its own success and attracts huge volumes of plastic water bottles, most tourists being none the wiser that there is no local based recycling plant. Bales of plastic are transported to our capital 900km+ away in Harare for recycling.
If a small number of people can gather together and find a solution to save an endangered species from untold suffering then it is only a matter of time before local supermarket retailers and tourism operators offer alternatives to water in plastic or go one step further and pool together to create the first PET recycling depot in the Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).
Photo Courtesy of Tony Peel