Monday, February 22, 2021

Plastics tops the list of most common rubbish items found in Georges River

Plastics found at Heron Park #SeaToSource clean up Conservation Volunteers Australia

Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has just released a summary of the litter data they have collected for the Georges River as part of the #SeaToSource project in 2020.

It’s very interesting to see the breakdown of litter, and perhaps not very surprising that plastic is the dominant material found (93%).

Over 6,160 items of litter have been counted. The top ten most common items were:

  • Hard plastics fragments
  • Plastic lids and tops
  • Soft plastic film remnants
  • Foam insulation and packaging
  • Plastic food packaging
  • Foam cups, food packs and trays
  • Plastic utensils
  • Fishing line
  • Non-food plastic wrap
  • Sanitary items

The #SeaToSource project is a three-year project, and community clean ups and litter audits are continuing this year.

To find out where and when future #SeaToSource Georges River clean ups are happening, search for NSW events on CVA's website. Just search for #SeatoSource - New South Wales Events.

Sea To Source is supported by the Australian Government under the Environment Restoration Fund.

2020 Summary data from CVA #SeaToSource project
Conservation Volunteers Australia