2011 WA Beach Clean Up Data

During October the 7th annual WA Beach Clean Up was held and this year a record number of West Australian volunteers helped to give their favourite beach a spring clean!

We are currently putting the final touches on our WA Annual Report and this will be available to download at www.tangaroablue.org early in the new year, but here is a summary of what was collected during this year’s event.

A total of 107 WA Beaches were cleaned up, covering a total of 195.65km of coastline; 75,252 items were removed that filled 733 bags and weighed 8,199kg!

Top 10 Items Collected

Item Number
Plastic bits and pieces 20,219
Plastic film remnants 5,437
Rope and net scraps less than 1 metre in length 4,930
Lids and bottletops 4,106
Fishing line in metres 3,434
Cigarette butts 2,901
Broken glass 2,868
Plastic drink bottles 2,643
Foam packaging 2,535
Rope in metres 2,482

Litter & Plastic

The Litter Index gives an indiction of how much debris at each beach is washed in from the ocean and how much is left on the beach by visitors.

Region Name Total Litter & Local Index Non Local Index Plastic %
South Coast 1,262 54% 46% 81%
Western South Coast 6,150 21% 79% 85%
Capes Coast 29,459 15% 85% 89%
Geographe Bay 6,728 63% 37% 69%
West Coast 18,754 48% 52% 75%
Mid West Coast 1,815 27% 73% 86%
North West Coast 3,948 61% 39% 53%
Kimberley Coast 876 89% 11% 61%
Cocos Keeling Island 4,632 10% 90% 74%
Christmas Island 1,628 40% 60% 79%
Clean Up Totals/Averages 75,252 43% 57% 75%

We would like to thank every volunteer who was involved in making this year’s WA Beach Clean Up the most successful yet! Also a big thank you to all the local government agencies that assisted, industry groups, schools and community groups, you are making a huge difference in the health of our local marine environment.

We would also like to thank Coastwest for their assistance in funding the event, and Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA for their support!

The 2012 WA Beach Clean Up will be held over the weekend of October 13th & 14th, so mark it in your diary and to register email heidi@tangaroablue.org – See you on the beach!

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