Flourishing Oceans28 Aug 2019

Kilos of plastic found on Cottesloe beach

The Minderoo Foundation and North Cottesloe Surf Club teamed up with local volunteers to clean up Cottesloe Beach.

Photo Credit: Ben Horgan.

To celebrate Plastic Free July, Minderoo Foundation teamed up with North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, “Take 3 for the Sea” , Keep Australia Beautiful, the Town of Cottesloe and Perth NRM for a beach clean-up.

Minderoo Foundation staff, with local volunteers clean up Cottesloe beach

It took 45 volunteers one hour to collect 14.3 kilograms of trash from just 200 metres of “pristine” Cottesloe beach .

The team collected over 2000 pieces of rubbish, including 196 cigarette butts and filters, 298 food packages, 76 rope and net scraps, 825 plastic fragments and 315 plastic objects.

This data was fed into the Australian Marine Debris Database, which has logged more than 13 million pieces of data since 2004 and provides a comprehensive overview of what amounts and types of plastic pollution are impacting Australian marine environments.

Ella Phelan-Burnett
by Ella Phelan-Burnett
Ella Phelan-Burnett works as the Social Media Coordinator for Minderoo. Ella’s passion is telling stories through video and content creation. Ella holds a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism and Broadcasting, and has most recently completed her Diploma in Broadcasting at ECU.
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