A NUMBER of local businesses have joined forces with state and local government employees to crack down on litter around the River Derwent.
In late February, a team of volunteers rolled up their sleeves to tidy the Prince of Wales Bay foreshore area in Glenorchy in support of the 2018 Clean-Up Australia Business Day Campaign.
Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) director Christine Coughanowr said Prince of Wales Bay had been identified as a litter hotspot in recent surveys.
“Thousands of items of litter have accumulated along the high tide line at this location,” she said.
“This is due to the urban nature of the catchment and the shape of the bay, which traps rubbish along the shoreline.”
The recent clean-up took place on low-tide in the afternoon, with employees from the DEP, TasWater, EPA, Nyrstar and Glenorchy City Council lending a hand.
The clean-up team collected more than 78 bags of rubbish during the event.
This included plastic bags, bottles, pipes, polystyrene and rope, as well as larger items such as wooden boxes, metal drums, crates, an old fridge and couch cushions.
Ms Coughanowr said more than 100-tonnes of litter reached the Derwent Estuary every year via stormwater, which could harm wildlife and impact human health.
“Preventing litter is the preferred option – with clean-up events the last resort – but we hope that our recent efforts inspire others to become involved in the annual Clean-Up Australia Day Campaign,” she said.
“This year, we were really impressed that more than 100 businesses, schools and community groups have registered to clean up around the Derwent.
“This commitment shows us how important the Derwent is to the community and we are so pleased.”
For more information, visit www.cleanup.org.au.
Caption: Local employees have cracked down on litter in the River Derwent as part of the 2018 Clean-Up Australia Business Day Campaign.