EPA Tasmania joined forces with local businesses and council for this year’s Business Clean-up Day on Tuesday 28 February at Glenorchy, organised by the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP).
A team of volunteers from the DEP, EPA Tasmania, Nyrstar, Cadburys and the Glenorchy City Council rolled up their sleeves in the afternoon last week to tidy up the Bilton Bay foreshore area on the low-tide in a crack-down on litter around the River Derwent.
Director of the DEP, Christine Coughanowr said Bilton Bay has been identified as a litter hotspot in recent surveys. with .
"Thousands of items of litter tend to accumulate along the high tide line at this location due to the urban nature of the catchment and the shape of the bay, which traps the rubbish along the shoreline," Ms Coughanowr.
"Apart from picking up numerous items of plastic and cigarette butts today, we collected six large bags of rubbish, two car tyres, one plastic sword and a toy plastic mountain goat," she said.
Director of the EPA, Wes Ford said in excess of 100 tonnes of litter reach the Derwent estuary every year via stormwater which can harm wildlife and affect human health.
"Preventing litter is the preferred option – with clean-up events the last resort – but we hope today’s efforts inspire others to become involved in the annual Clean Up Australia Day Campaign." Mr Ford said.
Mr Ford urged people who observe a littering offence, to report it to the EPA via the Litter Hotline at www.epa.tas.gov.au