On Sunday 14/4/18, Our manager Claire and casual staff member Peter, joined Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign Australia at La Perouse for a beach clean up.
Unfortunately, over eight million tonnes of plastic enters our seas annually. With our store being located in Padstow, we aren’t close to any oceans, but we still have plenty of rivers and waterways that need protecting too. We take this responsibility seriously and are working to include more of these volunteer clean up events as part of our regular calendar. Staff are encouraged to participate in these and other initiatives that we have begun implementing in store, such as the Container Deposit Scheme and using our own cutlery for lunches as opposed to disposable sets.
On Sunday, 79 volunteers collected 130.5kgs of litter in only one hour from Bare Island, Congwong Beach & Frenchmans Beach. That averages out to about 1.6kgs per person! Sea Shepherd provided recycled containers, hessian sacks and gloves for the volunteers to use.
After the collection, volunteers sorted all the litter into categories, such as glass, paper and card, plastic containers, straws, rubber and metal, to name a few.
Some of the items collected:
6973 cigarette butts.
2600 single use plastic straws, confectionary sticks, cups, plates and cutlery.
1068 single use plastic shopping bags.
15 meters of discarded fishing line.
Asbestos, two bicycles, a lost tooth and many more items.
We were pleased to only see one latex balloon amongst the litter collected (pictured here in the rubber category bucket) and one air filled foil balloon. Our aim is to continue educating our customers on responsible disposal of balloons so that we will soon be able to say that we never find any balloons littering the environment. We are proud members of the Pro Environment Balloon Alliance (PEBA) and support them in their mission to ban balloon releases Australia wide.