EIGHT Tasmanian businesses have come together to help clean up Prince of Wales Bay as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage businesses around Australia to take action in making the country litter free.
35 employees from Hydro Tasmania, TasWater, Nyrstar, Plastic Fabrications, Impact Fertiliser, Incat, Glenorchy City Council, Aquainfomatics and the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) spent the morning of 26 February collecting more than 300 kilograms of litter along the coastline.
DEP chief executive officer Ursula Taylor said Prince of Wales Bay had become a hotspot for litter.
“The shape and nature of the bay along with the tides and winds means a lot of litter accumulates in this particular corner,” she said.
“A lot of people on the day were pretty stunned and shocked at the quantities of litter they found on the foreshore.”
Ms Taylor said the response from the volunteers was very encouraging.
“They were really enthusiastic to help and want to do something that is positive for the environment,” she said.
“A lot of people went away determined to change their habits.
“One woman said her kids were never using plastic straws again after spending three hours picking them up.”
Ms Taylor said she hoped the DEP inspired people to reduce their use of single-use plastics and become involved in Clean Up Australia Day events.
“We really want to see a healthier estuary and by participating in things like Clean Up Days it highlights all the things we can do for the community,” she said.
The 2019 Business Clean Up Day was part of the lead-up to Clean Up Australia Day on 3 March.
Managing director of Clean Up Australia Terrie-Ann Johnson said the event provided businesses the opportunity to be role models for the community and foster improved practices with employees.
“With so many industries represented this year, participating businesses are creating a loud and influential voice, reflecting our mantra that change starts with you,” she said.
The DEP is a not-for-profit voluntary partnership between state and local government and industry that shares information about the Derwent that benefits nature, the economy and the community.
For more information, visit www.derwentestuary.org.au.
Caption: The Derwent Estuary Program team consisting of, from left, Inger Visby, Ursula Taylor, Akira Weller-Wong, Sam Whitehead cleaning up Prince of Wales Bay. Photo credit: The Derwent Estuary Program.