Rubbish collected along a 1km stretch of Eenie Creek included plastic bags and glass bottles that should be recycled, not dumped.
Rubbish collected along a 1km stretch of Eenie Creek included plastic bags and glass bottles that should be recycled, not dumped. Contributed

LETTER: High volume of litter is costing ratepayers

LAST Sunday along North Shore at Mudjimba Beach and Maroochy Estuary around 40 community members, families and students, generously volunteered in Australia's biggest annual, litter collection on Clean Up Australia Day.

More than 25 large rubbish bags were filled by participants while walking areas including the beach, sand dunes, bushland, and pathways for beach access numbers 135 and 136, including North Shore Rd.

This soon became a smelly and muckier than expected job for volunteers, who came across over 100 used and discarded dog-poo bags, at this dog-off-leash area, despite bins being conveniently available at each entrance.

Volunteers were concerned at the high concentration of rubbish thrown from cars driving along North Shore Rd. The cost and management of such littering and eyesore is ultimately an expense borne by ratepayers, taxpayers and community groups.

There was some discussion by the clean-up participants on solutions, proposing monitoring with on-site cameras and increasing dog registrations fees, to help raise resources.

Genevieve Jones, Coolum Beach


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