But it's clean!
People often say to us: "Why clean up Shelly Beach, it's always clean there!" Last time we cleaned up Shelly Beach (which is closest to the aquatic reserve Cabbage Tree Bay) we picked up 594 cigarette butts, 644 food wraps, 595 bits of plastic bags, 255 glass bottles, 427 lids, 74 plastic bottles, 1 couch, 3 chairs, 1 trolley, 1 garden hose, a poster from the old Manly council (it changed to Northern Beaches Council in May 2016) and an injured seagull (fishing line). Every little thing helps - plastic breaks down to smaller pieces and can be mistaken as food by both land and ocean animals. It can entangled and injure and slowly kill animals such as the bandicoots and sea turtles living in this area. Littered cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals into the environment and can contaminate water. The toxic exposure can poison fish, as well as animals who eat cigarette butts. We would like to thank all crew members and everyone else who picks up rubbish on their way 🙏
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