THE state’s litter watchdog joined community volunteers at Hillarys Beach yesterday for a major clean-up before World Oceans Day today.
The group, run by Keep Australia Beautiful WA and the Coastal Clean-up Crew, removed litter from the beach and protected local wildlife.
KAB council chairman Michael Aspinall said the event highlighted the importance of disposing of litter responsibly and showed the impacts litter, particularly plastic, was having on marine and coastal environments.
”It’s great to see so many passionate members of the community participating in events like these,” he said.
“Positive, hands-on initiatives are a first step in halting the tide of plastic pollution.”
Mr Aspinall said the state-wide ban on lightweight plastic bags from July 1 was a “great win” for the environment, with more than 650 million bags used annually in WA and more than 7 million entering the environments including waterways and oceans.
He added the risk to marine life through entanglement and ingestion was growing, with global estimates showing 1 million seabirds and more than 100,000 mammals die every year because of this.
The 2014 CSIRO’s Marine Debris Report also found that about three-quarters of the rubbish along the Australian coastline was plastic.
For more information on WA’s plastic bag ban, go to www.whatsyourbagplan.wa.gov.au.
To get involved, go to www.kabc.wa.gov.au or theoceanproject.org.
Free reusable shopping bags on offer
LOCAL residents can pick up a free reusable shopping bag before the lightweight plastic bag ban kicks in on July 1.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough is offering the free bags at his Boas Avenue office.