Mar 14, 2018
Friday the 8th of December was a very hot and sunny day here in Wellington and despite there being a strong gale the FINNZ team were excited to head out for their annual beach clean-up event. This is the second year in a row FINNZ has taken part in a beach clean-up event which is run by a local charity, Sustainable Coastlines.
Sustainable Coastlines coordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects. The clean-up events are a great way for making sure our coastlines are kept beautiful but the main objective of these types of events is for Sustainable Coastlines to educate and inform how to prevent litter from getting to our coastlines in the first place.
Drains to sea
One of their key areas of focus is the importance of preventing waste from entering our oceans via our drains. Their website states:
‘The ocean is downstream from everywhere. When we drop litter or leave rubbish lying around, wind and water carry it out to sea. When it rains, litter on our streets gets washed into drains and flows through underground stormwater pipes to streams, lagoons, estuaries and the sea, littering our coastlines and filling up our oceans with plastic’.
People don’t often associate the rubbish they see on the street as being a huge threat to our marine environments. For this reason, it’s great to see charities like Sustainable Coastlines really taking the charge of educating the public on the real impact it can have.
To discover other ways we can prevent rubbish polluting our oceans, please check out the education section of Sustainable Coastlines website.
Cigarette butts, straws, car parts and needles
Over the course of the cleanup, the FINNZ team removed over 400 litres (~50 kilos) of rubbish from the coastline between Lyall Bay and the Taputeranga Marine Reserve at Princess Bay. The rubbish collected consisted of a range of items including lots of small bits of single-use plastic, straws, cigarette butts, car parts and even a couple of needles which were carefully and safely removed from the beach.
Great day out for the team
Overall it was a great day out enjoyed by all the team, check out some pictures of the team getting into the spirit of the event.