NSW – Shipping container debris washes ashore

Eurobodalla Shire Council Media Alert

Southeast swells have brought more than crashing waves to Eurobodalla’s coastline, as takeaway containers and facemasks wash onto the shire’s beaches.

Eurobodalla Council’s manager of environmental services Deb Lenson said these were the first deposits to reach Eurobodalla following a shipping container spill in May.

“The APL England lost 50 shipping containers into the sea while en route to Melbourne,” Ms. Lenson said.

The Tangaroa Blue Foundation has been tracking the spilled debris since the containers were lost. Council’s environmental education officer Bernadette Davis said items like plastic takeaway containers and unused facemasks had begun washing ashore yesterday.

“It is important to remove these items, but it is equally important to record what we find,” Ms. Davis said.

“The best way to help at your local beach is to track and record where and how many items are washing up. Simply enter those details into the Australian Marine Debris Database, an easy to use phone app.”

For more information, visit https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/living-in/natural-environment/get-help/marine-debris-working-group.


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For all media enquiries, please contact 02 4474 1012 | 0448 005 166 | council.media@esc.nsw.gov.au


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