Tasmanian businesses joined forces with State and Local government employees to tackle a major litter hot spot in Hobart.
A litter survey by the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) identified Prince of Wales Bay as the worst litter hotspot around the Derwent.
A team of over 50 volunteers, including staff from the EPA Division, rolled up their sleeves on Tuesday 1st March to tidy the area, in support of the 2011 Clean-up Australia Business Day campaign.
DEP Director Christine Coughanowr said thousands of items of litter have accumulated along the high tide line at Prince of Wales Bay.
“This is due to the urban and industrial nature of the catchment and the shape of the bay, which traps rubbish along the shoreline,” Ms Coughanowr said.
The Prince of Wales Bay clean-up was coordinated by the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP), with support from Veolia Environmental Services, the EPA Division, Glenorchy City Council, and a number of businesses located in the Prince of Wales Bay precinct.
The clean-up is part of the DEP’s annual Derwent Litter Campaign which last year saw 24 tonnes of rubbish collected from litter hotspots along the Derwent estuary.
EPA Director Alex Schaap said the clean up at Prince of Wales Bay will help the Derwent Estuary Program reach its 30 tonne litter target this year.
“While preventing litter is the preferred option – with clean-up events the last resort – we hope today’s efforts inspire others to become involved in the annual Derwent Litter Campaign,” Mr Schaap said.
“Last year’s Derwent Litter Campaign exceeded all expectations with 98 business, school and community groups registering to collect litter in the six municipalities that border on the Derwent,” Ms Coughanowr said. “This year we hope to involve more than 100 groups in the Derwent Litter Campaign.”
An estimated 100 tonnes of litter reach the Derwent estuary every year via stormwater which can harm wildlife and affect human health.
The Derwent Litter Campaign is supported by the DEP’s council, State Government and industry partners, as well as the EPA and Veolia Environmental Services. Veolia Environmental Services will provide rubbish skips at major litter hotspots and will join the Business Clean-up Day at Prince of Wales Bay.
Veolia’s Group General Manager Tasmania, David Beard, said that as a major sponsor of Clean-up Australia Day nationally, Veolia was very pleased to support the Derwent Litter Campaign.
If you would like to join in, register your group and site on the Clean up Australia Day website www.cleanup.org.au
Business Clean-up Day was on Tuesday 1 March, Schools Clean up Day is on Friday 4 March and Community Clean up Day is on Sunday 6 March.