We Pulled 1.5 Tonnes of Trash Out of a River! | Life in Tasmania


Hi, this is Rohan. Today, I’m on the River Derwent at Elwick Bay and, today, we are with an organisation called Our Coast
Our Mission which is coming down to the river, to the river’s edge, and picking up
debris, picking up litter that has been washed in from the river to this bay
behind me, and it’s cool, it’s an organisation that makes sure that the
litter that builds up in this bay doesn’t stay here, it actually gets
removed because obviously it’s detrimental to the environment around
here. We’ll talk to the founder of Our Coast Our Mission later, but here we are
right now, on a breezy quite cool morning in January 2020 and, yeah, it’s a lot of
fun, people having fun and they’re doing a great thing for the environment as
well. Let’s see what they’re doing. Now I’m actually in the reeds picking up
litter. Let’s have a look at what we can find. So this is the craziest thing, right, look at the pieces we’re finding. So that’s
something that obviously someone has thrown away and we’re finding it in the
reed beds now and, you know, if we didn’t come in and pick this up then it would
just sit here for a very, very, very long time.
Look, there’s more bottles top or some plastic top of some kind. This is just,
you know, a very small area. I haven’t even moved. There’s another wrapper.
What else? Look at this plastic ring, plastic. That’s not going anywhere, that’s
not degrading. Tell you what else I found, a jumper.
That is a jumper, a heavy, wet, decomposing jumper found in the reeds, wrapped up in
the reeds. Incredible. Let’s keep looking. It’s also layers. It’s not just one layer, you dig down and you’ll find more. Look at that. What did you find down there? A lot of straws, a lot of plastic straws, a lot of foam, for some reason. Plastic bags, lolly wrappers. There’s a supermarket trolley that’s come out today, I don’t know what
they’ve done with it. So lots of stuff. Is this your first time here? No, I came in November and we did a clean-up then, and as you walk out there it’s as if we hadn’t been. It’s an ever-going problem. There are so many layers, aren’t there? Absolutely, yeah. In fact, some of it’s so deeply
buried and hard to get out, but it’s a little bit satisfying to know that
you’ve done a little bit. This bloody thing has been the bane of my existence for six months, finally dug it out. So thank you for giving me a hand and …
you dried off yet? We will weigh all this. I’m taking all this down to the Royal Hobart Yacht Club. We’ve got another clean on today, as well, if you want to come down and have a coffee and say hello to everybody else. There’s
about eight different groups all down there today. How do you think today went?
Today went really, really well. We had about 28 people, I think, and as you can
see from the rubbish that we’ve got here, this is what we would normally get with
50 or 60 people, so this area here hasn’t been touched in about a month. We usually do it every couple of weeks, so it goes to show that going back
and forth time and time again. But it’s a perfect catchment place, it’s really
concentrated rubbish so it just makes everyone’s life easy. You’re not having to walk kilometres at a time to get everything. Where does this rubbish come from? Most of this rubbish, people tend to think that people throw them out of their cars
that sort of thing and, sure, some of it is. Most of it is coming either from
landfills that aren’t covered and they’re sort of sitting on a hill and a
lot of the ones up up north are sitting right on a river’s edge that feed it
into the Derwent so that all goes into there and flows back down. But most of it
from around here from what I’ve seen it, has been when people put their council
bins out on a windy day and every morning you wake up and it’s just all
blowing over, and it ends up here. So now we’re at the Royal Hobart Yacht
Club and we’re actually weighing all of the trash that has been brought in from
the various groups along the river. And, yeah, we’re gonna see what the
complete, entire tonnage is of all the trash that was picked up by all the
groups this morning, including our own up at Elwick Bay. Two hundred and forty-nine point five. Want me to go out and find another half kilo? So, what was that? Two hundred and forty nine point five (249.5) kilos been pulled out of Elwick Bay and that was
cleaned not a month ago, less than a month ago, so it’s obviously an ongoing problem that Elwick Bay has. But this is
great because we can now work out and handle this stuff up. I know you guys
have been already but the extra power of all the groups coming together should
actually give that emphasis on, okay, Elwick Bay’s an issue Wo what I like is going on here is that
the groups are not just collecting this trash to clean up. They’re actually
collecting it to collect data and that data can be used to advocate for better
government policy to change behaviour in the future so that this kind of thing
doesn’t continue to happen, or at least is mitigated and reduced as much it
possibly can. This is the finish up and the whole idea
of this cleanup was to incorporate all the different groups working together so
we can have one full approach. When we put out the call out the first group that came straight back to me was Our Coast Our Mission. So, basically, for people who have been to my events, I moved down here in March. We actually run this back in Adelaide, but I’ve come down here and
we’ve started up here as well. And we’ve started up a chapter in Sydney as well. So this is clean number 250 or something for the last two years. Today I think we just broke about 35 tonne, which is pretty good for no
trucks or boats. I’m happy with that. Mate, that’s a huge number, like, that’s massive. There you have it that’s my day, or my morning, picking up rubbish from Elwick
Bay and also coming here to Royal Hobart Yacht Club and sorting through all of
this trash that can be put in its rightful place and also be recorded so
that the organisations here can use it for advocating. As one person put it to
me, if we’re just collecting rubbish it’ll never stop, so it has to be
more than that and I’m really pleased to see that it is, we’re actually using this
information to make better policy decisions, to push governments to make
better environmental decisions so that we don’t have to see as much
environmental waste in our waterways in the future. So this is really
important work. Thanks again to everyone who’s been involved in this and letting
me film. I really appreciate it today. And, yeah, I look forward to seeing you next time. Take care. Bye.

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