Don’t let the name scare you off, the Litter Thugs are not a street gang.
The initiative, started by local Josh Kirkhoff, is aimed at helping keep the city clean.
“I started Litter Thugs about a year ago.
“I wanted to use my pet hate for litter and turn it into an initiative to spread awareness among locals,” Kirkhoff said.
“People need to understand that it is not okay to litter, and people need to be more aware of the plastic pollution issues we are facing.”
The initiative started small at first, with only Kirkhoff’s close associates involved.
“It started with myself, my family and my girlfriend. It has since grown into about 23 individuals and is still growing,” he said.
The Litter Thugs’ most recent cleanup took place last Saturday, during which the group picked up rubbish along the East London beachfront, near the EL Aquarium. “We were a total of 23 ‘litter thugs’, big and small, young and old.
“We cleared 29 black bags, which was about 11,500 pieces of trash.
“The Litter Thugs are working for a cleaner future for East London. We use our group cleanups because we are passionate about this, but also to inspire others to do the same,” Kirkhoff said.