As a long-term resident of the Central Coast, I am often dismayed, during holiday periods, as I walk along our beautiful beaches, at the amount of polystyrene coffee cups, lids, ice-cream cups and slushie cups and plastic spoons and straws, also pizza boxes and take-away plastic food containers and plastic water bottles that are left on beaches, park benches and recreation areas, within walking distance of the many bins provided for visitors and residents to our beautiful coastal environment.
Unfortunately, it seems that plastic and other rubbish items are not a welcome food item for the ocean creatures and cause a lot of damage to the ecology of the ocean, however (if placed in) the many bins provided for rubbish disposal (they) can then be recycled for further use in reproducing items for public and commercial use.
Sometimes simple solutions of placing your rubbish in a bin (or taking it with you if there happen to be no bins) can help all of us be more considerate of others and our beautiful wonderful country where we are very lucky to live.
Perhaps the Green Energy Movement groups can devote some of their energy to educating people more about the benefits of disposal of their rubbish in the many bins provided.
The numerous alcoholic beverage glass bottles being left on footpaths and beachfronts between entertainment venues (should also be) disposed of in the many bins provided rather than endangering others with broken glass, particularly small children playing innocently on the beach or walking along a footpath.
We have a lady who donates her own time in our coastal area and regularly collects rubbish left by those less considerate of others and their environment and also provides plastic empty ice-cream containers for cigarette butts which she regularly collects for disposal (also unfortunately not a preferred food item of ocean creatures) and community groups who clean up rubbish around our coastal areas.
Come on Aussies, come on, we are all better than that and not stupid – put your rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you, wherever you travel!
Email, Dec 14
Michelle Webb, Terrigal