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Early morning clean up blitz at Prince of Wales Bay

Today (TUESDAY 28 February) a team of volunteers is rolling up their sleeves to tidy the Prince of Wales Bay foreshore area, in support of the 2012 Clean-up Australia Business Day campaign.

Director of the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) Christine Coughanowr said Prince of Wales Bay has been identified as a major litter hotspot in recent surveys.

"Thousands of items of litter accumulated along the high tide line at this location," Ms Coughanowr said. "This is due to the urban and industrial nature of the catchment and the shape of the bay, which traps rubbish along the shoreline."

"Today, southern Tasmanian businesses are joining forces with state and local government employees to crack-down on litter at this spot, which is one of the worst hotspots around the River Derwent."

"The clean-up is taking place on the morning low-tide and some employees have stopped to lend a hand on their way to work."

For the past few years, the DEP has partnered with the Clean-up Australia Day events to deliver the Derwent Litter Campaign. The 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, along with volunteers from the EPA and Southern Water.

"Veolia has been a partner of Clean up Australia since 2000 and as such we are always encouraged by the local support for this important community event. We congratulate and further encourage all efforts by local businesses to clean up Prince of Wales Bay," said Doug Dean, Managing Director, Veolia Environmental Services Australia.

EPA Director Alex Schaap said an estimated 100 tonnes of litter reach the Derwent estuary every year via stormwater which can harm wildlife and affect human health.

"In 2011, more than 100 business, school and community groups registered to collect litter from a variety of locations along the Derwent and a total of 24 tonnes of rubbish was collected," Mr Schaap said.

Business Clean-up Day is today Tuesday 28 February, with the Schools Clean up Day on Friday 2 March and the Community Clean up Day on Sunday 4 March.

If you would like to join in, check out the Clean up Australia Day website www.cleanup.org.au to find a registered site in your neighbourhood.