Businesses team up to clean up

28 April 2022|Community News| Off Comments off on Businesses team up to clean up|

LOCAL businesses and community groups joined forces with the Derwent Estuary Program last month to crack down on litter around the River Derwent, as part of Clean Up Australia Day.

At low tide on 16 March, a team of about 20 volunteers representing the DEP, Nyrstar, EPA Tasmania, Glenorchy City Council, Incat and Impact Fertilisers rolled up their sleeves and tidied the Prince of Wales Bay foreshore area in Glenorchy.

The managed to collect 25 bags of rubbish and also remove several other bigger items, including a shopping trolley.

Derwent Estuary Program CEO Ursula Taylor said Prince of Wales Bay has been identified as a litter hotspot and a focus for the DEP in recent years.

“Thousands of items of litter accumulate along the high tide line at this location, with beverage containers and plastic accounting for the majority of litter,” Ms Taylor said.

“This is due to the urban nature of the catchment and the shape of the bay, which traps rubbish along the shoreline.

“We have organised clean-ups here before and are pleased to see that the bulk of the litter has reduced, in part due to our efforts and the installation of a litter trap by Glenorchy City Council – but the amount of microplastics that remains is alarming.

“Tonnes of litter is estimated to reach the Derwent estuary every year via stormwater, which can harm wildlife and affect human health.

“Preventing litter is the preferred option, while clean-up events are the last resort, but we hope today’s efforts inspire others to reduce our use of single use plastic, as well as become involved in clean-up events.”

Members of the Glenorchy Youth Task Force also got involved in Clean Up Australia Day, collecting rubbish and waste left littering the Council’s forecourt areas.

The group picked up four garbage bags full of trash over the course of the day, along with more than 200 cigarette butts.

The Glenorchy Youth Task Force is a group of young people aged 13 – 24 years who have a passion for youth issues and a desire to make a difference in the community.

“Young people feel that rubbish is one of the reasons that leads to other people feeling unsafe and having less pride in our city,” Glenorchy Council community development officer Conrad Gilbey said.

“The Task Force members want to do their part to change that perspective.”

See someone littering? Report them via the EPA’s online Litter Hotline or phone 1300 135 513.

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