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WA Beach Clean Up Volunteers Needed!

WA Beach Cleanup 2013 ReneeWith more than 110 clean-up sites around Western Australia, this weekend is looking to be our biggest beach clean-up event in the 9 years since the WA Beach Clean Up started!!

Below is a list of groups registered for the 2013 WA Beach Clean Up who are inviting volunteers to join them. If you are interested in joining one of these groups please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Clean up site name and Coordinator name and I will forward your details on to the appropriate person.

Also if you would like to register a beach for the event, there are still beaches needing a bit of love and care! Just email us and we can organise all clean up materials for you.

Thanks for your support!

 

 

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2013 West Australian Beach Clean Up Countdown!

2012 10 14 SmithsThe countdown to the 9th annual West Australian Beach Clean Up is well and truly on. Registrations are rolling in from around the state, one from as far afield as the Cocos Islands off the WA coast. The event will be held over the weekend of October 12 & 13 and anyone interested in taking part is asked to contact the Event Coordinator Renee Mouritz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0437511620 for further information.

Data collected during the clean ups helps build a bigger picture of the marine debris issue around Western Australia and the data can be used by community, government and industry to find practical ways of stopping marine debris from entering our waterways in the first place.

How you can help out: Volunteers are invited to register as an individual or as a group and nominate a beach or stretch of coastline they will clean up over the clean up weekend. All materials, volunteer insurance and logistical support will be provided, all we need is lots of energy and many hands to help remove marine debris from the coast.

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Plastic Free July!

20130702 MRTangaroa Blue were honoured to be invited to have an information stand at the Plastic Free July family afternoon held in Margaret River on 30th June. The event was a way of raising awareness of how much plastic we use and dispose of in our everyday lives and to showcase plastic free alternatives such as refillable drink bottles, reusable shopping bags, eco-friendly takeaway packaging etc. The afternoon was well attended by interested locals all with a common goal of minimising their plastic use over the month of July.

We found the afternoon a great way to raise awareness of the unfortunate end result of a world obsessed with plastic, oceans filled with it, and were happy to inspire and engage some more volunteers for the upcoming annual WA Beach Clean Up event this October. Good luck to all of those brave enough to have signed up to the Plastic Free July challenge!

World Expeditions Joins the WA Beach Clean Up!

2012 DeepdeneWorld Expeditions is one of the world's leading adventure travel companies offering ground breaking itineraries on every continent. The company has been operating small group trekking and adventure travel holidays and vacations since 1975.

They are widely recognised for ground breaking Responsible Tourism initiatives. In particular, the award winning Community Project Travel Program and as part of this program hikers are invited to help out with the 2014 WA Beach Clean Up in the stunning Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in the world-renowned Margaret River region.

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2012 West Australian Beach Clean Up Report Released

2012 WA ReportBeach cleanups during the 2012 West Australian Beach Cleanup have been met with much enthusiasm from over 1,300 volunteers who scoured over 191 kilometres of coastline over 2,643 hours. This generated 65,305 individual items of debris equating to over 4 tonnes with plastics, again dominating all debris recovered; however, overall abundance of plastics was 46% less than reported in 2011. The overall distribution of debris recovered for 2012 was sourced from marine origins in 57% of cases and 43% from terrestrial sources. Of the eight broader locations sampled, the greatest number of recovered items was from West Coast sites with 20,650 individual items weighing 1,375.1 kilograms and cigarette butts and filters being the most abundant debris, up 54% on 2011. Three sites recorded plastics hard and solid as the dominant item (South Coast, 56% increase on 2011; Western South Coast, 23% less than 2011 and Capes Coast, 60% less than 2011). Cigarette butts and filters dominated three sites (Geographe Bay, 69% increase on 2011; West Coast and Gascoyne NW and Kimberley, 37% increase on 2011). The Mid-West Coast was dominated by plastic film remnants such as plastic shopping bag fragments, which showed a 76% increase on 2011 data. Indian Ocean Island territories were dominated by plastic drink bottles accounting for a 63% decrease for the same reporting in 2011.

Download the whole report 2012 WA Beach Clean Up Report.