9 November 18
Over 70 volunteers made the boat trip to South Straddie to scour over eight kilometres of the Island’s coast for rubbish as part of their ongoing “Rise Above Plastics” campaign.
Surfrider Foundation branch president Greg Howell says “it was great to see the coastal community come together and contribute to the day. It was a lot of fun and an awesome way for those who enjoy our ocean and beaches to give something back.”
The event, with support of Cleanwater Group, and Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation picked up over 3m3 of rubbish on the day. The volunteers then sorted the rubbish and were able to divert over one third of the rubbish into recycling – this largely consisted of plastic beverage containers.
“As this iconic surf spot is mainly used by surfers for its epic waves only a small amount of refuse can be contributed to them, mainly in the form of broken surfboards. It was determined that the coastal ocean current is responsible for distributing waste from every stormwater drain that enters our creeks and beaches, so we are all responsible”, said Mr Howell.
Surfrider Foundation volunteers were shocked at the volume of cigarette butts among the waste collected. The group counted over 500 butts in the first 300m of the southern end of the beach. Polystyrene fragments were also notably visible on the high tide line along the stretch of the beach.
Of the fragmented plastic which would typically end up in landfill 1m3 of the soft plastic collected on the day will be repurposed into a park bench by emerging technologies company Newtecpoly.
- FREE BOAT (Returns)
- FREE CAMPING
- BEACH CLEANUP
- EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
- INFORMATIVE SPEECHES
- LIVE MUSIC
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Yours for clean oceans - Greg Howell, President & Sustainable Event Manager