NICA organised a Clean Up of the Noosa River as part of Noosa Biosphere Day on 2nd October, 2017 thanks to a grant from Sea World and Healthy Land and Water. Around 30 volunteers from NICA, Noosa Community Biosphere Association and the Surfrider’s Sunshine Coast ventured out and along the Noosa River and collected over 2 tonnes of litter.
The litter included 192.5kg of marine debris, 8kg clothing, 13 thongs (no pairs) 38 slurpee cups, 13kg of hard plastics including food containers and straws, 3kg foil packaging, 1.5 bags of soft plastics including many single use plastic bags, 60 kg of recyclable bottles and cans (5 bags full), 5 foam fishing floats, a sports bag with over 10 packets of unopened fishing lures, a large plastic barrel, several rusted out crab pots, 3 tyres and a boat. An audit of the litter collected using Tangaroa Blue guidelines was coordinated by Kylie Moses. The data collected will help in assessing the impact of the Plastic Bag Ban and Container Refund Scheme that will be introduced in Queensland from July 1st 2018 and aims to prevent litter at its source.