It’s a great feeling to be part of something as big and positive as Clean Up Australia Day! So why not give it a try?? More than 6 million tonnes of marine debris enter the world’s oceans each year; and we cop a lot of litter entering the Bay from the Yarra. The good news is: more and more people are prepared to do something about it.
Most common litter on City of Port Phillip foreshores last year were cigarette butts (36%), polystyrene (26%), plastic food wraps (20%), and plastic drink bottles (8%). Due to the relatively small size of cigarette butts, and tendency of polystyrene to break up into small pieces, the local beach-cleaning machines are not effective in removing these items. As these items don’t biodegrade they’re a serious hazard to marine life. 76 Australian animals and seabirds (including 20 endangered species) are impacted by ingestion or entanglement of marine debris.
All groups and individuals who have registered Clean Up sites deserve full support, even if only for one hour of your time. Details of sites can be found by visiting here Then type in your postcode to find the closest one to your home.