Junk Collector: How Much Rubbish Can Be Collected From An Aussie Beach?
In most of our blogs – we write about the business of being a junk collector for commercial businesses – i.e. performing regular waste bins and recycling collections for small companies.
In today’s blog – we intend to speak about the opportunities available for you – individuals to get involved in cleaning up beaches and reserves throughout Australia.
As a junk collector for a day – you may be amazed at just how much rubbish an Australian beach may be polluted with.
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Even the most remote beaches and rural areas in Australia have lots of rubbish washed up on them – or dumped by passers by.
This is very unpleasant to look at but can also be dangerous for animal life who can get ensnared in the rubbish – or even eat it as in the case of plastic.
We have covered the huge problem caused by dumping in the ocean – such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a huge area of floating rubbish in the open ocean. I suppose we should not be surprised that lots of rubbish can also wash up on our beaches.
For an example of how much rubbish can accumulate on a beach – see the example of Fraser Island Clean Up in Qld – where volunteer junk collector teams recently collected 6 tonnes of rubbish.
The programme is covered in the ABC article here.
The huge amount of rubbish was estimated as either left by campers or washed ashore.
The rubbish was estimated as comprising 80% plastic waste such as bottles.
“All the stuff coming down on the outside of the Great Barrier Reef, from Papua New Guinea and the Philippines and all that, it’s basically going to land here on Fraser,” Mr Thompson said.
The good thing was it showed that people really care about combating the problem:
“Some 800 volunteers turned out to help with the clean-up effort, with many saying they were happy to get their hands dirty to help preserve the World Heritage site.”
“To clean up and do our bit, and help all the little fish,” said Rita Barrow from Greenbank, near Brisbane.”
“I’ve always come to Fraser since I was really little, my parents came here before they even thought about having children,” volunteer Tara Hird said.
We should not really be surprised that our beaches are becoming covered in rubbish.
As plastic production and usage grows worldwide – and an increasing rate – and waste finds its way into the sea – it will inevitably end up on our beaches.
We live in a global economy – but more importantly a global ecosystem.
If waste enters the water in one place – it could end up anywhere.
Check out the National Geographic video below on what a coastal clean up can involve!