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.
Most common items collected at Rose Bay were remnants of plastic bags (420 items), styrofoam balls and plastic food packaging (587 items). Additionally, over 200 straws, plates and other forms of cutlery along with nearly 300 cigarette butts were all picked up, counted and sorted for the marine debris database.
At the end of the clean-up, Bank of America Merrill Lynch employees removed 45kgs of rubbish (3,927 items) from the beach, and attracted participation from other members of the community to help out as well. This event not only led in the removal of debris, but in the education of hazards to our environment by marine debris. Well done team!