RUBBISH: Tammy Pappin and Rebecca Griffiths have completed a 30-day mission to clean up Sunshine Coast beaches.
RUBBISH: Tammy Pappin and Rebecca Griffiths have completed a 30-day mission to clean up Sunshine Coast beaches. Contributed

What you find when you clean Coast beaches every day

TWO Sunshine Coast women have made it their personal vendetta to rid the region's beaches of rubbish.

Every day throughout the month of June, Rebecca Griffiths and Tammy Pappin wandered the sands picking up the community's discarded waste.

As volunteers for Sea Shepherd, it was a campaign close to their hearts, but one which revealed the ugly truth about resident's habits.

The pair coordinate Sea Shepherd's marine debris campaign for Queensland and organise monthly events.

"But, we were fed up with picking up rubbish every month and we were still picking up the same amount and the situation didn't seem to be getting any better,” Ms Griffiths said.

"So, we wanted to do something a bit more to really raise awareness of the problem.”

Since June 1, the duo have embarked on a cleaning collaboration and walked a variety of beaches every day.

Friday was the final effort in the 30-day long campaign.

At the halfway point the pair had picked up more than 4,000 pieces of rubbish with the common culprits being single use plastics and cigarette butts.

"It is frustrating,” Ms Griffiths said.

"It's just society these days, we just have this throw away culture where you use an item like a straw or a plastic coffee cup for five minutes and then you throw it away.

"But, it's on the planet forever. It just doesn't make any sense.”

Ms Griffiths hoped people would recognise the issue and start to use the reusable options available so less plastic litters the environment.

She expected the final count from the month-long mission to be more than 8,000 pieces.

Sea Shepherd's marine debris campaign resulted in 429,333 pieces of rubbish collected across Australia in 2016.

Ms Griffiths said Queensland contributed 44,457 pieces of plastic to the total.

The next public beach clean-up is on Sunday, July 23, at Tickle Park in Coolum from 9-10.30am. For more information head to the Sea Shepherd Marine Debris campaign Facebook page.



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