Double the volunteers turn out for Port Macquarie Seaside Scavenge

Getting the data: Volunteers from the Port Macquarie Seaside Scavenge sorting through rubbish and collating data on Saturday. Photo: supplied.
Getting the data: Volunteers from the Port Macquarie Seaside Scavenge sorting through rubbish and collating data on Saturday. Photo: supplied.

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The second Port Macquarie Seaside Scavenge attracted double the number of volunteers than the inaugural 2016 event.

Port Macquarie chapter president Karen Fulton said 88 percent of participants had never previously attended a clean up.

"We had 160 sets of hands helping collect 246.2kg of litter on Saturday (November 11)," she said. "That is double the number of hands we had last year, but even better is that we didn't collect as much rubbish.

"This included, 2711 cigarette butts and 59.5kg of recycling. 

"The volunteers' ages ranged from 3 years to 74 years."

Ms Fulton said Birrbay woman Rhonda Radley helped set the tone for the day with a welcome. There was also tremendous support from a number of local businesses and groups on the day including, The Boomerang Bags, Climate Change Australia, Kate Caterers and Coastal Warriors.

"We had Maria Doherty from Port Macquarie-Hastings Council chat to our own Plastic Pollution Solutions MC, Anthony Hill,” Ms Fulton said.

"Whilst all this was happening, the sorting station was a constant flurry of trash separating, counting and cataloging."

The most came in from Lee and Sherley with an epic haul of 430 and have scored themselves a surf lesson with Port Surf School.

A massive thanks to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council for funding the event and particularly Nicky Julian for all her extra-ordinary help.

Karen Fulton

Ms Fulton said there was a constant stream of odd items being collected from fleece blankets with plants growing from it to number plates to street signs as well as an entire camera lens. 

Over 185kg of pre-loved threads, toys, books and more had been donated by the local Port Macquarie community and snapped up throughout the day.

The local president said there was a stack of support from all over town, with local businesses taking the plastic free pledge to avoid at least one single-use item on the day.

"A big shout out to, Murray St Bakery, Salty Crew Kiosk, Drury Lane Eatery, Carlos & Co., LVs On Clarence, Four Espresso, Social Grounds, Port City Bowling Club and Breakwall HQ," she said.

"And the legendary crew over at The Duck for giving us 60 beers that could be purchased with just two trash tokens. Libby from Bunnings got in touch last minute to donate a whole heap of gloves in all sizes and tubs for the clean-up too.

"Again, a massive thanks to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council for funding the event and particularly Nicky Julian for all her extra-ordinary help."

A third Port Macquarie Seaside Scavenge is likely to be held in six months' time.

For more information go to the Seaside Scavenge website.

Some the team: The Port Macquarie Seaside Scavenge on Town Beach was a success story. Photo: supplied.

Some the team: The Port Macquarie Seaside Scavenge on Town Beach was a success story. Photo: supplied.