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2012 West Australian Beach Clean Up

20120815-WABCUTangaroa Blue is looking for volunteers to join us for the 8th Annual West Australian Beach Clean Up being held over the weekend of October 13th and 14th. Since the WA Marine Debris Project started in 2004, volunteers have helped remove over 457 319 pieces of marine debris from the state's beaches, helping to protect marine life and seabirds and the local marine environment.

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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.

Click here to add your voice to the campaign!