Volunteers collect more than 85kg of rubbish on Hillarys Beach


Bill and Alison Culbertson from Kingsley.

Volunteers collected 85kg of rubbish in Hillarys.
Bill and Alison Culbertson from Kingsley. Volunteers collected 85kg of rubbish in Hillarys.

HILLARYS Beach is cleaner thanks to volunteers who bagged more than 85kg of rubbish on a recent Sunday morning.

The beach clean-up, organised by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council as part of the Tangaroa Blue annual event, was the organisation’s biggest to date, with more than 100 people picking up 36 bags of waste in an hour.

Programs officer Maureen Maher said they sorted and counted items collected, providing data to Tangaroa Blue’s Australian Marine Debris Initiative, which aims to cut the amount of rubbish making its way into the ocean.

“We picked up rope, fishing line, wood and foam packaging amongst litter types,” she said.

“Thanks to all those who helped out – you made a difference to the environment – making the beach and surrounding parkland safer for wildlife and improving the look of one of Perth’s most beautiful beaches.”

The rubbish collected included 1175 cigarette butts, 144 straws and plastic utensils, 99 plastic drink bottles and 650 plastic food packages, including 260 mint wrappers.

There were also 106 glass bottles, 220 pieces of paper or cardboard packaging and 201 aluminium cans collected.

Visit www.kabc.wa.gov.au for tips on how to get involved in keeping local areas beautiful.

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