Stem the flow of plastic onto Port Kembla Beach - Illawarra Greens

Stem the flow of plastic onto Port Kembla Beach

WHAT: Greens candidate for Ward 3, Jamie Dixon calling on Council to stem tot flow of plastic onto Port Kembla beach
WHEN: 9am, Friday 28 September
WHERE: Port Kembla Beach, near the large drain behind Port Kembla pool

Greens candidate Jamie Dixon has called for Council to install stormwater filtration devices to catch plastic rubbish before it hits our beaches, as well as Lake Illawarra.

“Every time it rains, hundreds of plastic bottles, wrappers, straws and other rubbish is being washed directly into our lake, and onto our beaches, through major stormwater drains, such as the one at Port Kembla, near the pool,” said Jamie Dixon, Greens candidate for the Wollongong Council Ward 3 by-election.
 
 
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Greens call for Council to stem the flow of plastic onto Port Kembla Beach
FRIDAY 28 September 2018

WHAT: Greens candidate for Ward 3, Jamie Dixon calling on Council to stem tot flow of plastic onto Port Kembla beach
WHEN: 9am, Friday 28 September
WHERE: Port Kembla Beach, near the large drain behind Port Kembla pool

Greens candidate Jamie Dixon has called for Council to install stormwater filtration devices to catch plastic rubbish before it hits our beaches, as well as Lake Illawarra.

“Every time it rains, hundreds of plastic bottles, wrappers, straws and other rubbish is being washed directly into our lake, and onto our beaches, through major stormwater drains, such as the one at Port Kembla, near the pool,” said Jamie Dixon, Greens candidate for the Wollongong Council Ward 3 by-election.

"In the long term, we need to reduce our excessive use of plastic and  develop better recycling facilities.

“But there is plenty we can do right now --  council can prevent huge amounts of plastic from entering the ocean by installing simple devices to catch the plastic before it enters the water. Doing this would not present any danger of backup, or flooding, to nearby residential areas.

“Devices such as the SQID (Stormwater Quality Improvement Device) catch plastic rubbish in stormwater drains, before they are washed into the sea, so that it can be collected and  easily managed by existing Council waste management services.

“Just this week, we saw a baby humpback whale die on the south coast, tangled in plastic ropes and fishing lines. The epidemic of plastic in our oceans is killing turtles, fish and sea birds whose stomachs are so full of plastic they starve to death. When we eat fish, some of this plastic enters our bodies too."

“Port Kembla beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in our city, and it’s our responsibility to keep it clean,” Mr Dixon said.

More information: Jamie Dixon 0403 402 114
 
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