Local group, Coastal Warriors Mid North Coast, is putting the call out for volunteers to help tackle trash along the Hastings River foreshore at their third monthly event on Saturday, September 2.
The cleanup event will be held from 9am to 12pm and will cover the riverside parklands from Lady Nelson Wharf around to Westport Park, one of the main litter hotspots identified during Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Litter Blitz.
Volunteers are invited to come along and register on the day at the Short Street car park. Organisers ask that you wear a hat, sunscreen and covered in shoes, and bring gloves if you have them.
Coastal Warriors president Addam Lockley said the group has received a great deal of interest since he and his mate Liam McAlary got together a few months ago to come up with a plan to combat litter in our local area.
“At our last event at Flynn’s Beach in August, we had around 100 people show up, gloves ready, to pick up rubbish,” Mr Lockley said.
“We’ve collected a disgusting amount of litter over the past two events - almost 70 kilograms from Town Beach, and more than two full ute-loads from Flynns Beach.
“The stats are scary. We’ve collected around 2000 pieces of soft and hard plastics, 1200 glass bottles, more than 500 cigarette butts, 35 shoes and 23 metres of fishing line.
“Just imagine the damage that litter would have caused the environment and animals if it had made its way to the sea.
“Single-use plastics like, water bottles and plastic bags, are by far the most common pieces of rubbish we come across, and something we can all easily avoid.
“There’s no limit to how many people can pitch in, so we’re calling for more warriors to help us build the momentum and clean up our area,” Mr Lockley said.
The event sponsor, LV’s cafe, will offer volunteers 10% of coffees, cakes and bronuts on the day.
Follow Coastal Warriors on Facebook to find out about their upcoming events.