Litter traps targeting toxic tide

The Cooks River boom removes large amounts of floating litter.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | August 9th, 2017

SYDNEY Water is removing over one million plastic bottles from Sydney waterways each year and is calling on customers to help with the problem.
Robert Allen, Service Delivery Officer at Sydney Water said: "On average we remove about 700 cubic metres or about seven tonnes of plastic bottles from pollutant traps each year, which is the equivalent of about 2,900 wheelie bins full of plastic bottles! Placed side-to-side this number of wheelie bins would stretch for over one kilometre!
Canterbury Bankstown Administrator Richard Colley, said the litter boom on the Cooks River was one of the most effective ways to capture waste.
"Since its installation on August 2014, the litter boom on the Cooks River off Old Sugar House Rd, Canterbury, has captured 1,100 cubic metres of rubbish from the river, the equivalent of 4,500 household wheelie bins," Mr Colley said.
Peter Munro, co-ordinator of the Mudcrabs – Cooks River Eco-volunteers said: "While we prefer that litter didn't get into the Cooks River in the first place, the litter booms are removing large amounts of the floating litter, improving the health and appearance of the River and protecting our wildlife."
Mr Allen added: "Sydney has some of the best drinking water in the world.  So, choosing tap water over bottled water is not only a safe choice, it's one that can significantly reduce the number of plastic bottles being used in the first place."

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: News | Author: Cindy Lynch | Story ID: 130144 | Viewcount: 16875