Seaside Scavenge for Rewards!

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!

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Monitoring program to combat ocean pollution in the Hunter

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.

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Rubbish “plague” conquered

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 

Camping chairs & bean bag balls found their final destination

Once again, the big oysters barge was of good use when eight tough Green Army volunteers and staff from the Gosford Council joined Clean4Shore to tackle muddy mangroves, bulky rubbish and a pile of bean bag balls that had to be cleaned up in the Empire Bay Wetlands in NSW.

What people dump there would be enough to fill a house: Amongst oyster products, poly pipes, lounge cushions, foam mattresses, timber stairs, a trampoline frame, water drums, deck chairs and countless tyres were removed from this worn down site – not to forget the pile of the before mentioned styrofoam balls that were probably the item with the highest possibility of getting mistaken for food and eaten by wild animals.

In total 1.4 tonnes of rubbish were hauled through knee deep water onto the barge to take back to the council truck. Clean-ups are a tricky undertaking when your activity is ruled by tides and the site tricky to access. Great effort by the crew to not shy away from these obstacles and make removing the rubbish a priority!

Oyster barge on rubbish mission

Once again the oyster barge was put to good use: Eight volunteers from Telstra via Corporate Care got their hands dirty and pulled whooping 3 metric tons of derelict oyster products from Fox Bay in northern NSW. The keen helpers had to push the barge through the mud to load it with thousands of oyster sticks, a car bonnet, outdoor tables and boat decking. 70 plastic sheets were buried in the mud and required everyone’s muscles to be pulled out, whilst stacking all that timber on the barge proved to be an advanced Tetris task. Assisted by a big crane the heavy load was later stacked on land for disposal by the National Parks. It was thanks to funding from the NSW Fisheries, Clean4shore and Corporate Landcare that this event could be pulled off. In about 2 weeks the group are planning on removing the outstanding 3 tons of rubbish from the same location.

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