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Canterbury Council urges local residents to clean up their rubbish after masses of ‘drink containers’ were found in the Cooks litter project.
The amount of non-biodegradable waste from the Cooks River Litter Boom has led to concerns over the collective approach between council members and local residents.
Media and PR advisor of Sydney Water Corporation, Peter Hadfield says: ‘A behavioral change of the local residents is important to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the Cooks River in the first place.’
The litter boom and trap was installed in the Cooks River at Boat Harbour, Hurlstone Park in August 2014. The trap captures floating litter from the Cooks River into a collection chamber, which is emptied weekly.
Bankstown City Council, Cooks River Litter Boom, viewed 4th July 2015 http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Cooks-River/Cooks-River-Litter-Boom
Residents and the community have a detrimental impact in the process of preserving and cleaning the Cooks River.
Hadfield says: ‘The big reality is that there are plastic bags and containers and these contribute to council fees needed to remove this litter.’
Storm-water runoffs carry pollution from around homes and streets and into the waterways.
Environmentalist strategist of the City of Canterbury Neil Graham says: ‘The majority of the wastes ending up in the trap system are plastic drinking containers.’
The litter then ends up in the Cooks litter boom and trap which is inspected and emptied out on a weekly basis.
Graham believes that interventions such as the Container Deposit Scheme would be highly efficient in reducing the amount of urban storm-water pollution from landing into our waterways; ‘These types of interventions (Boom trap) would not be necessary if such a scheme existed.’
Graham says: ‘If drink containers had a monetary value then they would not end up as discarded litter.’
Educational projects such as the Cooks River Environmental Assessment and Education Program (CREAP) have also been underway to further encourage communal responsibility and initiative behaviour.
Since it’s installation, the litter boom has collected a total of 68.66m3 of litter, an equivalent to 282 household bins (240L).
The benefits of the project include improving water quality, habitat for wildlife, visual amenity as well as meets community expectations of a litter free Cooks River.
Media and PR advisor of Sydney Water Company Peter Hadfield: 0402 972 693
Environmentalist strategist of the City of Canterbury Neil Graham: firstname.lastname@example.org
City Of Canterbury, n.d. Cooks River Environmental Assessment and Education Program, Canterbury, viewed 17th March 2015, <http://www2.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/cooknet/www/html/214-cooks-river-environmental-assessment-and-education-program-creap.html?guiValue=9A579411-F219-466C-8A2D-50A4A30FF774>
City Of Canterbury, n.d. Cooks River Litter Boom, Canterbury, viewed 17th March 2015, < http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Cooks-River/Cooks-River-Litter-Boom>