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118 Tyres Removed from River

20131122 tyresThe Brisbane Waters Foreshore Clean Up Program was back out in force throughout November, and one their tasks was to remove all the tyres that they had stockpiled from other clean-ups.

The big question of course is why 118 tyres were in the river in the first place. Could it be the high fees to dispose of them properly, so they are just dumped, or they are being used for other purposes and lost into the environment? Whatever the reason it needs to be addressed!

Heavy rain, and lightning delayed the commencement, with many of the students unavailable, due to the weather. s barge.

The low tide had the group pushing the barge 50 metres to the bulk site, quickly loading and moving on to the tyres. out the balance from the mangroves. Some had concrete set into the rim section. Most tyres were filled with mud and mangroves, these were cleaned, to allow for the 40 metre trip back to the barge. Eight large truck tyres were also manhandled out of the mud and into the barge.

Pria and Matt began stacking the hardwood pallet timber, also picking up smaller plastic litter. All of this was loaded into the barge. s barge, closer inspection revealed 10 still remaining under tidal mud.

The landcruiser was utilized to load and transport the hardwood and collected litter to Woy Woy Landfill. This was weighed in at 570kg.

Local oyster grower, Rob Moxham and his staff arrived and loaded all tyres onto a truck for transfer to their oyster yard at Mooney Mooney. These tyres will be cleaned and recycled.

After a huge day, all parties enjoyed a tasty BBQ following the loading and clean-up of equipment. A massive effort by these students, well supported by Brisbane Waters Secondary College Executive, teachers and the local oyster growers.

For more information about the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Clean Up Program contact Graham Johnston on 0411184642 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.