Council Trials Drain Buddies

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Last month Eurobodalla Council in NSW commenced trials on 10 stormwater drains in the Bateman’s Bay area by installing Drain Buddies, which were developed by Queensland Company, Cleanwater Group. These heavy duty baskets catch rubbish or organic matter and allow excess water to flow through. Any litter left on nearby roads, paths and gutters will be washed into the baskets and held there, effectively preventing them from flowing into our waterways, and ultimately the ocean.

"We want to know what items we are catching so we can stop the litter altogether," says Bernadette Davis, the Council's Environmental Education Officer. "Already we're seeing plastic ice cream spoons, straws, cigarette butts and plastic packaging catch in the Drain Buddies - things that are easily windblown and/or carried along in heavy rain. Because we're recording the data, this is an opportunity to make people aware of what types of litter end up in our estuaries and oceans."

The baskets will be regularly monitored, emptied and the data recorded into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database.

"The best option is to say 'no' to single-use items, question if you really need it. If it's unavoidable, put it in the bin when you've finished with it, or in the recycling bin if it can be recycled," Ms. Davis said.

For more information visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au.