Coolum Area Parks Society members Mark Bizzell and Jan Maddin inspect the rubbish collected over three months with Hot Spot Gully Trap inventor Bob May. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1668
Coolum Area Parks Society members Mark Bizzell and Jan Maddin inspect the rubbish collected over three months with Hot Spot Gully Trap inventor Bob May. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1668

Litter trap eases burden on creek

All the litter you see in the photo on the right, and more, was headed for Stumers Creek.

The 600kg of rubbish was captured in Coolum over the past three months, since the Coolum Area Parks Society (CAPS) and Cleanwater Constructions installed 35 Hot Spot Gully Traps (litter baskets) within the stormwater network of the CBD.

CAPS member Jan Maddin was shocked at the amount of litter collected.

“This is the first clean following all that rain,” Ms Maddin said.

“It’s just amazing how much dirt and litter are in there.

“And that was all going into Stumers Creek.”

Ms Maddin said she had noticed a change for the better at Stumers Creek recently.

“We’ve been involved with the creek for many years and we’ve just noticed a lot of the vegetation coming back, a lot of the birds are returning and things are starting to look pretty good,” she said.

Hot Spot Gully Trap inventor Bob May said the amount of litter was consistent with other areas from Mackay to Melbourne where he has traps installed.

“You can be assured that every small CBD and shopping centre on the Coast is putting this amount (of litter) out every three months,” Mr May said.

“It can be stopped and it has been stopped here by community effort.”

Mr May said the litter baskets caught nearly 98% of plastics, paper, cigarette butts and organic material, as well as 40% of sediments, including hydrocarbons, washed into the drains when it rains.

“We need the sand and organics to filter the oils and hydrocarbons off the road,” he said.

“Everything else you see is totally preventable. It’s called laziness.”


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