An underwater clean-up crew was among the 35 volunteers who focused on the waters, beach and foreshore surrounding St Leonards Pier during Clean Up Australia Day last month.
Organised by scuba diving enthusiast, Dale Byrne from Bay City Scuba, the two-hour clean up filled nine rubbish bags with plastic bottles and bags, fishing lines and lures, baby wipes and cigarette butts.
The haul also included larger items such as a rusty mountain bike and a boating buoy.
The waters around St Leonards pier are a regular training site for the team from Bay City Scuba, who visit the area every couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, 26 volunteers from community groups and businesses joined forces to recover more than 10,000 items of litter from Eastern Beach in Geelong during Business Clean Up Day.
The litter haul included 5,000 cigarette butts plus fast food containers, aluminium cans and food wrappers. Recyclable plastic collected on the day will be reused by Replas to manufacture long-lasting products including picnic tables, park benches and traffic bollards.
The Clean Up Australia event is part of our War on Waste campaign.
The next clean-up is being planned to celebrate World Oceans Day in June.
Dale Byrne - Bay City Scuba
Once you experience being underwater, you become an ambassador for the ocean, so it’s natural to want to clean it up.
When we dive, it’s automatic for us to pick up floating plastics and put them in the bin later on.
Once it enters the ocean, most people can’t see it so it’s forgotten about, but it’s right in front of us so we do something about it.