Coastal Warriors to clean-up Dawesville beach

The Coastal Waste Warriors.
The Coastal Waste Warriors.

THE Coastal Waste Warriors are holding a beach clean-up for Plastic Free July.

The group has been running since November last year and founder Kirstin Field expects more than 50 people to take part in the July event.

“In February we removed 130kg of litter and marine debris from entering our ocean,” she said.

Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said plastic continued to make a significant environmental impact, both on a local and global scale.

“The contamination of single-use plastics in our waterways is a major concern,” he said.

“The City of Mandurah has been a leader in environmental protection for more than a decade and I encourage everyone to get involved and help make a difference.

“By phasing out the use of single-use plastics across our organisation and providing an opt-in opportunity for local businesses to engage in their own plastic reduction efforts, we continue to be a role-model for our community to keep our local environment strong and healthy.”

Council has been working across the organisation and with local businesses over the past 12 months to phase out single use plastics.

Internally, the City has initiated an awareness campaign and made a number of changes to reduce the amount of plastic products used by staff.

“This includes, the removal of plastic water bottles, plastic wrap, cutlery and bags, buying consumables in bulk and trialling annual vegetation planting without plastic tree guards,” Mr Williams said.

“MARC is also participating in the responsible café and last straw campaigns.”

Externally, 29 local business have signed up to the responsible café and last straw campaigns, focussing on eliminating disposable coffee cups and plastic straws.

WHAT: Beach clean-up

WHERE: Pyramids Beach/Dawesville Cut

WHEN: Sunday, July 28 9.30am to 11.30am