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Joining forces to clean up beach

21 October, 2019

Iluka and GeoCatch teamed up last week to clean up a 1 km stretch of Dalyellup Beach.

The effort was part of the annual Tangaroa Blue Foundation WA Beach Clean Up, which has been running for 15 years at beaches across the state.

Iluka’s Travis Drysdale approached GeoCatch to see how his crew could get involved in local environmental projects.

“Our corporate volunteering program is all about giving back to the community,” he said.

“It’s great to see our efforts are feeding into a national database of marine debris research.”

Over 60 kilograms of rubbish was collected at the site, consisting mostly of glass and plastics, with a large amount of burnt rubber also found. Most of the items originated from the beach, having been left behind by visitors.

GeoCatch has been involved in the WA Beach Clean Up since its inception.

“This is a fantastic way to engage the community in a way that contributes to the bigger picture of litter distribution and composition across our coastline,” said GeoCatch Coordinator, Jen Mitchell.

“Working with Iluka employees has allowed us to reach a new demographic that can take the message of coastal protection further into the community.”

Last year, more than 1000 people from across the state spent over 2,500 volunteer hours at 94 clean-up events, and scoured more than 161 km of coastline. A total of 58,097 items, weighing in at 5,114 kg, were removed and audited by volunteers, giving a boost to our marine ecosystems!