A clean-up effort is underway on Tasmania's Bruny Island after reports of a bean bag bursting on a beach which could pose a risk to local marine life. The tiny balls were scattered throughout a stretch of the sand at Adventure Bay, along with some in the adjoining bushland. Discovery Ranger Claire Mason from the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) found out about the litter on Friday and understood the balls came from a burst bean bag. "On the beach and a bit of the bush alongside the beach there are thousands, if not millions, of tiny little polystyrene balls," she said.
Polystyrene is kind of aerated plastic and so when that gets out into the ocean it floats on the surface, so it can travel a really long way because it's so light-weight. Marine life, especially seabirds, eat it and mistake it for food.
That can cause blockages and cause them to feel full and then starve. Chemicals in the tiny balls can also cause problems. Because it's plastic it contains heaps of toxic chemicals. When they break down in the ocean or when they're inside birds or other marine life, it leaches into their muscles and tissues and organs and can cause all kinds of disease and negative health impacts.
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People are creating more waste than ever. Bins are overflowing faster and faster, partly due to all of the packaging food comes in nowadays, and partly due to not enough collection times. That is why it’s more important than ever to deal with it efficiently.
So, what can be done to prevent this problem with bins on a wider scale?
Some of the solutions are quite simple, like getting more regular collections, or making efforts to reduce the waste you generate. As for more specialised solutions, smart solar-powered compactor bins are popular in many public areas. These can hold up to eight times as much waste as normal bins due to their compaction process, function through solar power to be eco-friendly, and have the technology to inform those collecting the waste when the bin is about to become full to prevent them overflowing!
In smaller areas, smart fill-level sensors in bins are more appropriate in terms of spacing, playing the same role in monitoring when the bin is full. A monitoring platform can also be put in place to plan out future collections ahead of time, making collections far more efficient and costs being reduced by 50%.
With new ways to use bins, overflowing bins may soon stop being a problem, hopefully bringing an end to the problems of large amounts of business and household waste as well. That being said, we’ll probably find a way to make more waste in the meantime. Will the Northern Beaches Council look at these options? Not sure, but we hope so. All these pictures were taken tonight, by Manly wharf, by the bus stop by Gilbert Park and by the main beach.
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Of the estimated 52 billion masks manufactured globally in 2020, it's believed 1.56 billion will enter our oceans this year, resulting in an additional 4,680 to 6,240 metric tonnes of marine plastic pollution. "OceansAsia" says the report used a conservative loss rate of 3 percent, and the average weight of 3 to 4 grams for a single-use polypropylene surgical face mask, to arrive at the estimate. The 1.56 billion face masks that have entered our oceans in 2020 are there for the long run. They will remain in the ocean for 450 years or more, and they’ll break into smaller pieces.
Some used spark plugs, tooth brush heads, spoons and other bits got a new life as a Chess Set.
By: Per- Olof Nilsson
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We want to thank our friends from our local community that donate their "Return and Earn bottles" to the crew so we can buy more pickers and gumboots for crew members when we do clean ups. If you want to help us out too, save this picture/barcode to your phone and scan it at the "Return and Earn" machine and click PayOut afterwards. Thank you again to our lovely community - we are very grateful!
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Scientists have described the discovery of microplastics in the placentas of new mothers as “a matter of great concern”, after new research identified a range of synthetic substances from relatively small tissue samples.
The women who took part in the study in Italy had no complications with the births of their children, and the effect of the tiny plastic particles is unknown, however, experts have suggested plastics could provide a means for harmful chemicals to damage a developing foetus’s immune system.
The researchers from Rome’s Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome, which specialises in pediatrics, and the Politecnica delle Marche University said: “With the presence of plastic in the body, the immune system that self-recognises is disturbed, even what is not organic.
“It’s like having a cyborg baby, no longer composed only of human cells, but a mixture of a biological entity and inorganic entities.”
Lead author of the study Antonio Ragusa, head of Fatebenefratelli's obstetrics and gynaecology department, said “the mothers were shocked”. The research team found 12 microplastic fragments in four placentas out of six donated by women after the birth of their children. Only 3 per cent of the tissue from each placenta was sampled, suggesting the total number of microplastic pieces could be much higher. Dr Ragusa, said: “When I saw for the first time microplastics in the placenta, I was astonished.”
The research paper said all of the plastics were pigmented. “Three were identified as stained polypropylene a thermoplastic polymer, while for the other nine it was possible to identify only the pigments, which were all used for man-made coatings, paints, adhesives, plasters, finger paints, polymers and cosmetics and personal care products.”
The research is published in the Environment International journal.
This turtle was discovered on New Year’s Eve on Woodgate beach in Queensland’s Bundaberg region by a local who had been enjoying a walk. The turtle was found dead strangled in rope from a crab pot. The turtle wouldn’t have stood a chance at breaking free from the rope and would have endured a horrific, painful death. When fishing, please always check your gear regularly and ALWAYS take it with you home and dispose of it properly if it's broken - NEVER leave it in the ocean.
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Tired of seeing pictures like these? Stop buying balloons and tell your friends to stop buying them too. There are better ways to celebrate.
Balloons are in the top three most harmful waste items to wildlife. Birds and turtles not only ingest balloons, they actively select them as food. This is because a burst balloon often resembles a jellyfish, the natural food sources of many marine species like turtles.
Ingesting balloons, and the clips and strings attached to them, can cause intestinal blockages and results in a slow painful death through starvation. Marine animals don’t have the gastrointestinal pH levels to breakdown a balloon and for turtles, it may also cause floating syndrome. Trapped gases in the gut can cause a turtle to become buoyant, unable to dive for food—making them vulnerable to boat strikes and leading to starvation and severe dehydration. Balloons are the number 1 cause of death in sea birds such as Albatross and Mutton birds that have consumed plastic - google Lauren Roman doctoral thesis looking at the effects of plastics in marine birds in Australia and New Zealand to learn more.
Wildlife, both terrestrial and marine, can also become entangled in balloon ribbons or strings, causing injury or death through drowning, suffocation, or an inability to feed and avoid predators.
Even if balloons are disposed of "safely" they go to landfill where it may take up to 1,000 years to decompose, leaching potentially toxic substances into the soil and water. Why are some businesses still using balloons as "advertising fun"?
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Discarded fishing gear kills hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds each year. Around 640,000 tonnes of fishing equipment are left in oceans annually. This picture was taken at our local no-take aquatic reserve "Cabbage Tree Bay" in Manly.
We often find fishing lines, sinkers and hooks in this area. People are not permitted to fish by any method, harm marine animals or plants, or collect marine organisms whether dead or alive in the area. The reserve covers about 20ha, including the entire bay, rocky shores and beaches from the southern end of Manly Beach to the northern end of Shelly Beach Headland.
If you see someone doing the wrong thing please report it by using this link or call 1800 043 536.
Remember the info needed is
1. the time and date you saw the activity
the type of activity you saw (for example, abalone theft, lobster theft, taking protected fish)
2. a description of the activity
the make, model or registration details of any vehicles or vessels involved in the activity (if possible)
3. the Fisheries Compliance Zone
the location of activity (description as accurate as possible)
4. your contact details (optional).
Discarded fishing equipment can remain in oceans for up to 600 years.
Pic: Louisa Xu
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