Businesses get down and dirty

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A NUMBER of Tasmanian businesses and community groups joined forces to make a difference to the environment and clean up Prince of Wales Bay.

Organised by the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP), the Business Clean Up Australia Day at Prince of Wales Bay was part of a national initiative aimed at getting local businesses involved in cleaning up their local area to help make the country litter free.

DEP chief executive officer Ursula Taylor said Prince of Wales Bay was a hotspot for litter.

“The shape and nature of the bay, particularly in one corner, means it captures a lot of litter, so we’ve targeted that area with a number of our partners and businesses in the area,” she said.

“I think we all have a role to play when it comes to cleaning up litter, with businesses keen to do their part as well.

“It’s part of closing a loop and making sure what they produce doesn’t end up in the system – it’s about raising awareness that we can all have a role when cleaning up.”

DEP was joined by more than 30 employees from TasWater, Nyrstar, Plastic Fabrications, Incat, Glenorchy City Council and Aquainfomatics, along with community groups Our Coast, Our Mission and Sea Shepard.

Local community members also turned up on the day to help clean.

“Everyone was really keen to do something proactive to improve our local environment and that’s one of those advantages of bringing people together on something like this,” Ms Taylor said.

“Going out and actively collecting and removing litter is important because litter has a detrimental effect on our environment and is something we all contribute to, but we can all be part of the solution as well.”

Liberal Member for Clark Sue Hickey was part of the clean-up team with Nyrstar and said it inspired her to continue making a difference where she could.

“It didn’t take long to fill the bag full of microplastics such as bottle tops, chocolate wrappers, straws, plastic bottles, plastic bags and other sorts of rubbish,” she said.

“All these things harm our ecosystem in some way, so by doing something meaningful and as a community, we’re helping make a difference to this planet.

“You might feel dirty, your gum boots are filthy and you might smell a bit, but you get a sense of achievement that you’ve made a little bit of a difference.”

DEP is a not-for-profit voluntary partnership between state and local government and industry that share information about the Derwent that benefits nature, the economy and the community.

For more information, visit www.derwentestuary.org.au.

Caption: Organised by the Derwent Estuary Program, Tasmanian businesses and community groups joined forces to clean up Prince of Wales Bay.

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