Last Saturday, employees of Bank of America Merrill Lynch left their office space behind and came together with Tangaroa Blue Foundation for their 2016 Coastal Clean-up event at Rose Bay. This annual clean-up day is a great way to bring employees and their families together for not only a great day out at the beach, but to also be a part of the teams worldwide who are all taking action to keep our beaches clean and safe for everyone.
Nine tough Green Army volunteers in the Gosford area (NSW) picked a beautiful, sunny early April day for some challenging work at Empire Bay through the Clean4Shore program. Soon, the “Green” Army turned into a “brown” army as they entered the muddy mangroves and ploughed through deep sludge to collect all the rubbish caught between the roots. It was not only the humming brigade of mosquitoes that made the day hard, but also the almost 900kg of debris that these experienced crew pulled out of the mud. As per usual in this area, big piles of oyster products were removed, but also 880 plastic bottles, 230 beer stubbies and a mysterious 100 rubber balls. The glass bottles are an indication for littering or camping along the foreshore and show once more that if people cleaned up after their own activities a lot of rubbish would be prevented from ending up in the environment and getting washed into the ocean. However, amongst all the big numbers the “big find” of the day was not a bulky and heavy item, but a Godfather DVD case! Funding was provided for the event from the Gosford City Council.
Local Tangaroa Blue representatives teamed up with Seaside Scavenge for a very unique way to clean up the beach in North Wollongong, and get a new wardrobe at the same time! Volunteers who participated received 1 token for every 10 pieces of rubbish collected.
After receiving your tokens, you could purchase donated clothing items, shoes, jewelry and books with them. We loved this unique community engagement method to attract beachgoers in to participating, while recycling and reusing gently used donated items!
A program to help save our oceans from plastic pollution is being launched in Taree, central NSW this week.
Community groups, organisations and volunteers throughout the Hunter are encouraged to participate in the regional program and help protect our waterways.
“Marine debris is a major threat to many marine species in the region, including our sea turtles and seabirds,” said Hunter Local Land Services estuary and marine officer Brian Hughes.
“We are encouraging community groups and volunteers to help remove harmful debris from our waterways and record information on what they collect to build a picture of how big the plastic pollution problem is in the Hunter.
The Hunter Region Marine Debris Monitoring Program has been developed by Tangaroa Blue Foundation in partnership with Hunter Local Land Services to help prevent and repair the effects of marine debris.
A “rubbish plague” – this is what the seven volunteers from Clean4shore together with the Macmasters Beach Surf Club called what they encountered: On only 1 km of beach at Brisbane Waters these tough helpers removed 400 kg of debris on Clean up Australia Day (6th March).
It took 45 bags to fit it all in with a decent percentage of plastic bottles. It makes you wonder what (or if) people think when leaving so much rubbish behind after their picnic. How lucky are we to have motivated people who are willing to get their hands dirty and take action! Without those groups and individuals some beaches wouldn’t look half as clean as they do. For more information visit Clean4Shore