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Tonnes of Rubbish Found in Hillarys Boat Harbour!

201205 HillarysWitches hats, chairs, shoes, kettles and skateboards were among the 2.65 tonnes of rubbish collected during the Hillarys Boat Harbour clean up last weekend.

NARC Dive Club chairman Chris Dodd said 85 people attended the shore clean-up on the Saturday and 65 divers were at the underwater event on Sunday.

"We collected many things – from an iPad to a love note message in a bottle. The total amount of items was 18,943 with cigarette butts being our biggest number hitting 9762," he said. "A couple of the things that took me by surprise were the 150m of razor wire, the lead acid batteries and one whole Zodiac Tender (inflatable boat)."

He said the event was different from last year's with the shore and dive clean-up, which meant more smaller items were collected, giving a larger number of pieces found but one tonne less in weight.

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2011 West Australian Marine Debris Project Technical Report

Tangaroa Blue Foundation's main objective for 2011 has been to consolidate the annual WA Beach Cleanup into a state-wide event. This has been achieved with cleanup activity occurring in each coastal region from the south coast through to the Kimberley coast and out to the Cocos Keeling and Christmas Islands.

About 50 organisations and over 1200 volunteers combined their energies to produce this successful outcome. South West Marine Debris Project monthly monitoring activities have also continued along the Capes coast in 2011 with two additional sites - Yeagarup on the western south coast and Dalyellup Beach near Bunbury being added to the programme. Additional cleanups at Deepdene and Boranup were also funded during the year and valuable data was obtained for these targeted sites.

This year's annual WA Beach Cleanup produced 75,832 items of debris. Seventy seven percent of these were plastic and the most numerous item was remnant bits and pieces of plastic. Our revamped cleanup signature shows 47% of items falling into the "remnants and breakage" category, 28% into "packaging" and 13% into "consumer articles". In this report we are introducing a second set of categories which provide an indication of the type of activity which generated the marine debris being found within a site, area or region. By this measure, in this year's cleanup, "individual consumption", which includes articles and packaging related to individual consumption of food, drink and cigarettes, generated 34% of the items collected. "Plastic remnant accumulation" (the legacy of past activities) also accounted for 34% while "commercial fishing" generated 16% and "recreational fishing" and "individual activities" generated 6% each. Averaged over the whole state our litter and local source index shows 46% of items were from local origins while the remaining 54% had a non local origin such as shipping and oceanic circulation.

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2011 WA Beach Clean Up Data

2011 WABCUDuring October the 7th annual WA Beach Clean Up was held and this year a record number of West Australian volunteers helped to give their favourite beach a spring clean!

We are currently putting the final touches on our WA Annual Report and this will be available to download at www.tangaroablue.org early in the new year, but here is a summary of what was collected during this year's event.

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WA needs a 10c Recycling Refund Scheme for cans and bottles!

2011 RecycleAustralians throw away more than 10 billion drink containers each year, and Western Australia has one of the WORST recycling and littering record in Australia! There is a simple way we can dramatically improve our recycling, Send and email to Premier Colin Barnett, Environment Minister Bill Marmion and Local Government Minister John Castrilli asking them to introduce a 10-cent Recycling Refund Sheme in WA now! You will not be alone - over 90% of Western Australians support the introduction of a 10-cent recycling refund scheme.

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2011 WA Beach Clean Up Is Only Days Away!

2011 WABCU FlyerThe 2011 WA Beach Clean Up is only days away and we have been inundated with volunteer registrations from Broome in the north, out to Christmas and Cocos Islands in the west, down to Augusta in the south west and Esperance in the south east and everywhere in-between! This year is looking to be a full state-wide beach clean up and we thank everyone who is planning to volunteer their time to get involved!

We've just got a couple of housekeeping points that we wanted to let you know before the event:

There is a 5-6m swell forecast to hit along WA's south and western shores over the weekend - we urge all site coordinators to check their local forecasts and do a site assessment before you start your clean ups to ensure that volunteers will be safe from severe erosion, large waves, swell and any storm surge on the beach and rocks. Our first priority for this event is everyone's safety and if you think that the conditions are not safe to do the clean up, please postpone your clean up till conditions improve. Also please make sure that the conditions are mentioned in your safety briefing to all volunteers - don't turn your back on the ocean, supervise children and keep an eye on conditions throughout the event.

Those of you who have received permission to take vehicles onto the beach for the event - also be aware of the large forecasted swell.

By now you should have received your clean up packs, please have a look through before the event to ensure that you have all paperwork, bags, gloves, sharps containers etc before the weekend. If you are missing anything please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0410166684 so we can get you anything that you need. Also have a look at our new and improved Data Sheet - if you become familiar with the categories before the event, it will make collecting information on what you find a lot easier on the day. We really urge all volunteers to fill this in and submit back to us - this is our evidence on the state of our oceans and is vital in getting changes made to help the stop of flow of rubbish into the ocean.

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