Together we removed 40 kg of litter from Rose Bay Beach on Clean Up Australia Day
Published 2 March 2020
More than 100 people joined us at Rose Bay on Sunday for a beach clean up event.
We cleaned the beach, Tingira Memorial Park and lots of people took advantage of the free kayaks and paddled out into the harbour to clean the offshore areas.
In total we collected 40kg of litter; 82% of this was plastic.
Cigarette butts were the most commonly found item, with more than 2,000 butts collected.
The good news is we didn’t find lots of big litter items like plastic bottles and coffee cups. We continue to see very few plastic bottles on our beaches following the introduction of the Container Deposit Scheme.
The bad news is there were lots of smaller pieces of plastic buried into the sand. These are a big problem for our environment as marine life mistake them for food and it then enters our food system.
The most unusual item collected on the day was a saucepan.
Mayor of Woollahra, Susan Wynne, thanked the community for getting behind this important cause.
“It was wonderful to see so many people, particularly lots of young families and kids, out doing their bit for the environment.
“It was also encouraging to see a team of students from Cranbrook, who participate in Clean Up Australia Day every year, working throughout our local area.
“We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world – and it’s really up to all of us to keep it looking that way,” the Mayor said.
Thank you for binning your rubbish
Anything dropped or left in gutters – like plastic bottles, coffee cups and cigarette butts – gets washed down the drains and ends up on our beaches. Always put your rubbish in the bin.
To help our community dispose of cigarette butts responsibly, we’re installing six new cigarette butt bins across Rose Bay, Watsons Bay and Rushcutters Bay. Keep an eye out for them and always bin your butts.
Next clean up events
We’ll be hosting two further clean up events: Watsons Bay on 19 April and Rushcutters Bay on 24 May. More details coming soon on social media and our website.
This project is a NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Waste Less Recycle More initiative.
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