Thank you to the awesome people who came down to Palm Beach and Singleton Foreshore to help in the Rockingham Big Beach Clean Up on Sunday 30th April.
At Palm Beach, our Coastal and Marine team joined forces with local community members, Rockingham Beach Cleans, and the Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Program, collecting more than 31kgs of marine debris picked up in just two hours! The Secret Harbour Coastal Crew and a large number of local Rockingham scouts also joined in – thanks everyone who came down to help.
Singleton Coastcare led their own clean up at the Singleton Foreshore, with a smaller crew, but the ten participants still managed to save 25kgs of litter and marine debris – amazing work team!!
Cigarette butts were the most numerous of the items picked up (more than 900!), and the weirdest thing found was a single whole potato. Discarded fishing line as well as hygiene product were also found in the sand, with a large number of plastics and micro-plastics being collected and counted. It is worth noting that the ban on single-use plastics does not apply to juice boxes and their plastic straws and packaging, which were found in large quantities.
A huge thank you goes out to the community volunteers who came down to care for our local beaches. We also would not have been able to do it without funding from Coastwest and support from the City of Rockingham – thank you for making the day possible.
Remember, every action and every piece counts! By (safely) picking up rubbish when you’re at the beach, you are making a difference to the environment and your community. Or get in touch with us or your local coastal team to join in with their next beach clean up.
Check out some photos of the day in the gallery below.