Noticed Pambula Beach looking cleaner of late? Thank ‘Our Coast Our Mission’ pair Malcom Doyle and Bella Liang, who are aiming to clean 60 beaches stretching 9000km over 30 days.
The team joined locals on November 7 as part of its East Coast Spring Clean 2017, collecting swathes of rubbish before recycling it.
Boomerang Bags Bega Valley Sapphire Coast coordinator, Dörte Planert, joined the clean, saying a lot of the rubbish seemed to carry over from the neighbouring caravan park, including camping utensils, barbecue coal bags and shower caps.
In addition to the usual waste such as plastic and cigarette butts, the spring clean also discovered a rusty bicycle, large freezer Esky and bongs.
It was the second beach the team tackled that day after cleaning up Aslings Beach, Eden that morning.
“At Eden we found heaps of plastic flowers from the close-by cemetery,” Ms Planert said.
“Perhaps residents could refrain from plastic decoration and rather plant a nice small decorative shrub.”
She said a lack of recycling bins at popular beaches meant helpers resorted to taking the recyclable rubbish home.
“We sorted it and put everything that’s still recyclable in sacks and then to our own recycling bin,” Ms Planert said.
The team will return to Merimbula on December 1 from 4pm to 7pm, meeting at the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre. Locals who wish to take part can simply show up.
The clean will run from the start of Beach St near the intersection of Main St and head south-west towards the Market St bridge.