Beach litter levels overlooked


Clare Sharp collects litter from the beach in Yanchep. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d450476
Clare Sharp collects litter from the beach in Yanchep. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d450476

CLEANING up the beach is a daily chore for a Yanchep resident, who has started recording what rubbish washes ashore.

“Every day I walk between 7km and 9km on the beach from Yanchep north to The Spot and I pick up hundreds of pieces of rubbish,” Clare Sharp said.

She said finding nine cartons of milk on the beach last year prompted her to start documenting what she found and set up a Facebook profile, ‘Save Our Oceans Western Australia’.

“I post daily the pictures of just some of the rubbish that I pick up,” Ms Sharp said.

“There was a lot of rubbish coming to shore that people weren’t aware of.

“It is alarming and it needs to be addressed.

“I’d love to see the government have a beach clean-up campaign – something fun like they did when they were trying to get kids to eat vegies; they had veg characters Crazy Carrot.

“They could have a dolphin and some catchy slogan and get school kids involved.

“I would like to see school teachers sending kids home with a zip lock bag to see what they find on the beach.

“It all starts with teaching our kids the right thing to do and to educate them about the effect of rubbish on marine life.”

Follow Ms Sharp’s clean ups at here.