Tasman Bay beaches will be a whole lot cleaner this summer after hundreds of local people cleared 5.5 tonnes of rubbish from the coast on Saturday (10 November).

Date:  13 November 2012

Rubbish was removed from around 300 kilometres of coast between Abel Tasman National Park and Cable Bay in the third annual DOC Big Beach Clean-up, organised by the Department of Conservation in partnership with Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council and NELMAC Ltd.

 Rubbish cleared included tyres, rusty drums, nets, baby seats, surfboards, camping equipment and quite a lot of plastic and glass.

 Department of Conservation Acting Area Manager Brian Paton expressed a big thank you to the beach-cleaning volunteers.  

'It’s been a tremendous community effort once again to spring clean our Tasman Bay coast. Beaches will be more enjoyable for beach-goers this summer with the rubbish removed. It also makes them safer for wildlife that can get entangled in beach debris, causing some to die.'

‘We appreciate the enthusiasm from the community for helping to care for our coast which is a big part of the lifestyle locals enjoy in Nelson Tasman.’

The collection of less rubbish this year than last year’s 6.5 tonnes is an encouraging indication more care is being taken with rubbish. Plenty of litter though was found alongside main roads and this serves as a reminder not to throw rubbish from vehicles.

To help keep coastal areas clean, people should take away with them anything taken to beaches and out on the sea and dispose of rubbish carefully and appropriately.

DOC thanks Motueka New World for its support to the event. Thanks also go to NELMAC Ltd for their help with traffic management plans for coastal sections by state highways for ensuring the safety of beach clean volunteers.

 In the first DOC Big Beach Clean-up, in November 2010, 10.4 tonnes of rubbish was collected.



Trish Grant,
DOC Nelson/Marlborough media advisor
Ph: +64 3 546 3146

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