THOUSANDS of pieces of rubbish have been picked up at beaches in Cockburn and Fremantle this year, thanks to the work of volunteers.
Sea Shepherd Australia’s Perth Marine Debris Team was created by Myaree resident Marina Hansen and Fremantle locals Liza and Georgie Dicks in January to stop rubbish harming marine life.
The team, supported by hundreds of volunteers, holds monthly beach clean-ups from Woodman Point to Leighton Beach.
Since January more than 37,000 pieces of rubbish, including plastic, food packaging and shopping and bait bags, have been collected, sorted and catalogued.
A bedside cabinet, fence posts, tents, shade cloth, carpet, car tyres and balloons are among the more unusual items removed from the beaches.
“Even when a beach area looks clean, if you scratch beneath the surface or look hard you will unfortunately find rubbish,” Ms Hansen said.
“If we want a clean and healthy environment, it’s everyone’s responsibility.
“We urge people to think about what and how they buy, how they use it and then dispose of it thoughtfully.”
The next clean-up is scheduled for November 22 at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.