Clean up crews rid main beach of 1200 pieces of plastic

More than 1000 pieces of plastic weighing over 120 kilograms were removed from Warrnambool’s main swimming beaches on Sunday.

A team of 70 volunteers of all ages collected the bags of rubbish as part of the Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Beach Clean Up Day.

Load of rubbish: Sea Shepherd on-shore volunteer Andrew Holt and his team collected 120kg of debris from Warrnambool's beaches on Sunday as part of a campaign to clean up Australia's beaches. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Load of rubbish: Sea Shepherd on-shore volunteer Andrew Holt and his team collected 120kg of debris from Warrnambool's beaches on Sunday as part of a campaign to clean up Australia's beaches. Picture: Rob Gunstone

The group combed sand dunes between the Breakwater and McGennan car park from 11am and 2pm.

The event was the third of its kind following a 30kg clean up at Killarney beach in April and an 80kg haul at The Flume in June.

Event organiser Andrew Holt said while he was pleased with the number of volunteers at the weekend’s event, the city’s beaches needed a lot more attention.

“Most of the rubbish collected was between the footpath and the beach,” he said. “And most of it was bottles and cans from people walking along the path.

“This has led us to approach the council about adding more bins nearby.”

Mr Holt hopes to host clean ups every two months.

Clean up crew: Linda Metcalfe (left) with the Sea Shepherd on shore volunteers, and the rubbish collected from the Warrnambool foreshore. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Clean up crew: Linda Metcalfe (left) with the Sea Shepherd on shore volunteers, and the rubbish collected from the Warrnambool foreshore. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Teamwork: Sea Shepherd on shore volunteer Andrew Holt gets some help from Louis O'Brien, 4 of Warrnambool in emptying a collection bag at the Warrnambool foreshore.

Teamwork: Sea Shepherd on shore volunteer Andrew Holt gets some help from Louis O'Brien, 4 of Warrnambool in emptying a collection bag at the Warrnambool foreshore.

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