Shitting in our own nest

Recent 'East Coat Lows' have not only eroded local beaches but have washed ashore lots of 'European Cultural Heritage', that is, rubbish

Recent ‘East Coat Lows’ have not only eroded local beaches but have washed ashore lots of ‘European Cultural Heritage’, that is, rubbish

Local beaches around Evans Head are being fowled by thousands of bits of rubbish, much of it plastic, which is not about to ‘degrade’ anytime soon.

The carelessly discarded material is not only an eyesore on our beaches but is potentially polluting our local waterways and wetlands which hug the backs of coastal sand dunes.

The spring tides which are made worse by large swells and surf accompanying East Coast Lows wash the rubbish up into the dunes and creeks and waterways

The spring tides which are made worse by large swells and surf accompanying East Coast Lows wash the rubbish up into the dunes and creeks and waterways.  This picture was taken at the entrance to one of these creeks

The large surf and spring tides have washed lots of rubbish well up into the dunal system

The large surf and spring tides have washed lots of rubbish well up into the dunal system

Coastal creek system fouled by many plastic and glass objects

Coastal creek system fouled by many plastic and glass objects

Pumice from volcano activity many kilometres away is part of the mix but the plastic containers and other human discards often dominate and pollute the local scene

Pumice from volcano activity many kilometres away is part of the mix but the plastic containers and other human discards often dominate and pollute the local scene

So when are we going to stop shitting in our own nest and treating the world as a rubbish tip!  The problem is getting worse and our beautiful beaches and waterways are being degraded badly by our throwaway habits.

The ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ is being played out.

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