Over 550 liters of rubbish was removed from Wellington beaches for World Oceans Day!
On June the 9th 2018, 41 keen members of the public organized their own DIY beach clean-ups, enabled by Sustainable Coastlines.
Wellington’s picturesque harbour, rugged South Coast and Wild West shorelines were all covered. Beaches cleaned up were Breaker Bay, Island Bay, Houghton Bay, Makara beach and Petone Beach. The rubbish collected included the usual array of single use plastics; including straws, bottle tops and cigarette butts along with a car tyre and lost fishing gear. This litter can cause harm to our unique and precious marine life such as seagulls, shags, seals and penguins both from ingestion of the smaller plastics and entanglement in fishing gear and larger rubbish.
The feedback from the awesome volunteers was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone enjoyed a fun and safe day out at their favorite beach with the added satisfaction of helping environment and marine life with which we all share this beautiful city.
Want to do your part for Ocean’s Day 2018? Want to get some mates together and do a beach clean-up? We’re here to make it easy for you!
As part of the World Ocean’s Day Kiwi Cleanup, we are facilitating ANYONE to clean up the beach by supplying groups with gloves, bags, assistance with health and safety and rubbish pickup – everything you need to get you out there and muck in!
Simply register below and we’ll drop off gloves and bags with you in the week of June 4th. Do your cleanup anytime between then and June 11th, leave the bags for us and we’ll swing by and pick up the gear. Simple as that. Your team should be physically fit and prepared to muck-in!