Coast cleans up

Emma and daughter Jade Barraclough coordinate the Clean Up Australia site at Stumers Creek. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1373c
Emma and daughter Jade Barraclough coordinate the Clean Up Australia site at Stumers Creek. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1373c

Dozens of local volunteers from Mudjimba to Peregian donned gloves, hats, boots and bags to help clean up our patch of paradise as part of Clean Up Australia Day.

At Stumers Creek alone, 35 volunteers turned up to help pick up rubbish from the beach, roadside and waterways.

Coordinator for the Stumers Creek site, Emma Barraclough said the number of volunteers was up on last year. They filled 20 standard rubbish bags and 15 recyclable bags.

“Probably the most rubbish was up the creek,” she said.

“We had three canoes go up the creek and they got the largest quantities of it.

“The rubbish wasn’t really on the beach. It was more washed upstream a bit

“The beach was really clean. Even the sand dunes and along the roadways were a lot cleaner this year.”

Nationally, more than 630,000 volunteers – an increase of 15% on last year – were involved in the event, collecting around 8300 tonnes of rubbish.

Volunteers at about 7000 sites donated 1,377,664 hours of their time – or 157 years of work.

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan said reports from volunteers of increased amounts of plastic pollution at registered Clean Up sites demonstrated the urgent need for a national action plan for recycling.“Too many years have now passed when the growing problem of recyclable rubbish such as plastic bottles has been talked about but no further action has happened,” he said.“There is a clear need for, and support for, a national refund scheme for drink bottles and cans and also national action to halt the destruction plastic bags cause in the natural environment.”Mr Kiernan said 88% of Australians supported the introduction of a 10-cent bottle refund scheme.

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