Volunteers clean up Tweed
TEAMS of volunteers set out across the Tweed armed with gloves, recyclable bags and rubbish pickers yesterday for Clean Up Australia Day.
Jack Evans Boat Harbour was one of 25 sites set up across the shire, where site supervisor Trevor "Big Trev" Arbon said he was shocked by the number of young Aussies getting involved.
"Lots of families are getting involved this year and there's heaps of kids which is always great to see," Mr Arbon said.
By 11am there were already more than 100 volunteers spread out along the Tweed Heads coastline.
Mr Arbon said he was always impressed by the number of people willing to give up their Sunday morning to help keep the Tweed a beautiful place to live, visit and play.
"We've got people out on the wall, over at Duranbah, over near the Anchorage Islands," Mr Arbon said.
"It's about the same amount of people as last year.
"There's even more people arriving later, many people have called me saying they're on their way.
"It's the perfect weather for it today too, the sun's out, there's a bit of a breeze. It's a great day for it."
Tweed's coastal areas -Kingscliff, Fingal Head, Cabarita Beach, Bogangar, Hastings Point and Pottsville - were popular clean up sites this year.
Beach dunes and creek banks across the shire have become mine fields for beer bottles, drink cans, cigarette butts and all kinds of plastic.
Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan said the people of NSW needed to start thinking about the impact litter had on beaches and waterways.
"It is such a shame to see these spaces fall victim to littering creating an eyesore for humans and endangering wildlife," he said.
"It is also extremely worrying to see the continued high incidence in the prevalence of plastics in the environment when they are not biodegradable and can so easily be captured and recyclable.
"There are still many lessons to be learnt about how we dispose of our rubbish."
Last year an estimated 241,990 volunteers removed over 6,316 tonnes of rubbish across 2,871 registered sites in New South Wales.
Beverage-related items took out four of the top five most common rubbish items in NSW.